Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) gets away from New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) in the second quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Wilson could be released due to hamstring injury

New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Wilson is on the roster bubble, but he has survived the cut down to this point. However, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports that Wilson is not out of the woods yet, because the Patriots are evaluating a hamstring injury that could decide whether or not Wilson sticks around or gets the ax. All eyes will be peeled for news regarding the severity of Wilson’s hamstring injury, but I have a gut feeling that he ends up being cut. Although the Patriots are down to 53 men on the roster right now, they should be looking for depth at positions like DL and probably won’t be keeping six safeties. If Wilson’s injury is bad enough, then he’ll be the odd man out at safety.

I honestly hope that Adrian Wilson is able to stick on the Patriots roster, because I’m definitely not sold on the Patriots safeties. Only Devin McCourty is an above-average option right now, and he plays at an elite level. Everyone else is subpar, and that’s a scary thought. I don’t feel good about saying this, but I would take Wilson over Nate Ebner or Steve Gregory if it came down to it.

Wilson is one of those players who is in the twilight of his career, and the way he has played this preseason shows that last season’s down year was likely due to decline. That’s definitely not a good thing for the Pats, and a hamstring injury for a veteran safety is never a recipe for success on cut day. I am rooting as hard as anybody for Adrian Wilson to make this team, but things definitely don’t look good for Wilson. The injury will dictate Wilson’s future, and that’s not a surprise to hear given Wilson’s standing to this point. Again, I hope that Wilson is fine and can make the roster, because the Patriots don’t have many options at safety at this point.



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