There are now 21 players listed on the New England Patriots Week 11 injury report, as the Pats have added rookie safety Tavon Wilson to it with an ankle injury. Wilson is listed probable and will almost certainly play, but it means that three safeties are listed on the injury report going into tomorrow’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Last week, first-year Pat Steve Gregory returned from a hip injury that costed him a significant chunk of time, and he immediately started over Wilson. The Patriots demoted the solid rookie to the third safety role, as Devin McCourty continued to start in place of Patrick Chung (still out with a shoulder injury and a hamstring ailment) at strong safety.
Chung is will likely miss a fourth straight game with the injury, and Jeff Howe wrote, “He’d likely slide behind Patrick Chung on the depth chart if he returned, too.”
Wilson needs to play a bigger role in the defense, because he’s been the best safety (besides McCourty, who has been the best S and CB) on the New England Patriots this season. The former Illinois standout is an excellent tackler, and he barely allows any yards per completion due to severely limited the receiver’s yards after catch total. Wilson will almost certainly play in the “money” role covering TEs (the Colts Dwayne Allen in this one with fellow rookie Coby Fleener ruled out) if he doesn’t start.
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