How does the D do it? The Patriots finally are looking settled on defense, and then another string of injuries occured. Last week, it was Junior Seau on injured reserve with an arm injury, and this week it is Eugene Wilson. Yet somehow, our defense is having one of its most dominating years yet. We are sixth in overall defense, second in points allowed / game, and third in redzone defense.
On Tuesday, the Patriots placed starting Free Safety Eugene Wilson on injured reserve. Wilson had battled a hamstring injury all year, being listed as questionable for every injury report. With the loss of Wilson, the Pats filled the roster spot by signing S Ray Mickens. Mickens should get some extensive playing time, but we have yet to see what the veteran can hold up to.
The following is a list of players on defense who have had an injury at some point this year:
S Eugene Wilson
LB Tedy Bruschi
LB Mike Vrabel (end of last game)
LB Junior Seau
DE Ty Warren
DE Richard Seymour
CB Ellis Hobbs
CB Asante Samuel
S Rodney Harrison
S Tebucky Jones
S Mel Mitchell
LB Chad Brown
DB Chad Scott
CB Randall Gay
LB Cory Mays
This is honestly getting rediculous. This is worse than any of the other injury laiden years, like in ’03 and in ’05. Hopefully we can continue to overcome it. (List any more if you have them, I’m sure there’s more!
Laurence Maroney is Questionable: Laurence Maroney was listed as questionable on yesterday’s injury report. I don’t think Hoody will play him this week, usually for Bill, questionable means doubtful (or probable, never actually questionable). If Koolaid can’t go, Patrick Pass (woohoo 🙂 he’s playing) will get some serious playing time.
Patriots vs. Dolphins: The Dolphins are on a roll, and that can be a scary thing. Even though the Dolphins looked sluggish at the start of the season, Joey Harrington has them rolling now. I know, I can’t believe it either. Colvin and Green will need to get some pressure on him, and make him throw all balance like he did during his Detroit carreer. Joey may be playing well (as in winning), but he certainly hasn’t been mistake free. Props out to Reche Caldwell who is doing a terriffic job catching balls from Brady, and I can definately see him getting going on Sunday.
Greg’s Prediction: Patriots 27 Dolphins 10