The injuries keep piling up for the New England Patriots. This time the victim is special teams ace Matthew Slater.
Last night Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reported that Slater has suffered a wrist fracture, and will miss four to six weeks with the injury. It is not clear when Slater suffered this injury, but he missed yesterday’s practice from it, and now he will miss a number of games because of it.
While this is not as devastating to the Patriots as Danny Amendola’s injury was, it definitely will hurt them on special teams. There are not many players in the NFL that can compare to Slater, and the Patriots will find it difficult to find a replacement over the next month or so.
Marcquise Cole is probably going to be the guy that will have to replace Slater when the Pats punt the ball as well as kick the ball off. Cole is a solid special teams player, and he plays the same general position as Slater on special teams. Rookie Logan Ryan may be called upon to help replace Slater, and as a trickle down effect from the best special teamer in the league’s injury, the Patriots field position may suffer over the next couple of weeks.