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Patriots lose Stephen Neal for the season

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Patriots guard Stephen Neal’s football season is over because of another shoulder injury.

New England placed the powerful right guard on injured reserve.  Signed to a two-year deal before this season, it’s worth wondering if Neal will be back with the Patriots.  He’s reportedly guaranteed $1 million next season (and $4 million overall), but Neal mentioned he considered retirement after last season.

There’s another matter to consider for Neal: his post-playing career.  A NCAA wrestling champion that once defeated Brock Lesnar for a title, Neal has expressed interest in a career in the UFC.

For now, the Patriots will have to make due with Daniel Connolly at right guard.  The team has experienced it’s best running success over the last month, primarily since Logan Mankins has returned.  Connolly has started the last three games for Neal.

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15 Responses to “Patriots lose Stephen Neal for the season”
  1. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 2, 2010 4:49 PM

    bummer! get repaired and kick some butt Neal.

  2. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Dec 2, 2010 4:55 PM

    “Neal has expressed interest in a career in the UFC.”

    Gee, you think those guys will go after his shoulder?

  3. kelvinmchale says: Dec 2, 2010 4:58 PM

    Ugggghhh. I guess we now know what position they’re going to target with at least one of their three picks in the top 33 spots in next year’s draft. Thanks Oakland and Carolina!

  4. zimaman says: Dec 2, 2010 5:05 PM

    thats 5 starters on injured reserve for the Patriots

    Leigh Bodden
    Ty Warren
    Kevin Faulk
    Steven Gostowski
    Steven Neal

    and all of the above would likely be starters on most any team in the league.

    anyone (ie: Colts fans) out there making excuses about injuries as to why they are having a down season should just shut their piehole

  5. bradybunch12 says: Dec 2, 2010 5:14 PM

    So Stephen Neal been out for the last 3 weeks and no excuses, Brady been banged up for the last month and no excuses made, win or lose the Patriots don’t explain or make excuses for injures or the outcome of games it’s just next man up or move on to the next game, see how that works Mr. the refs don’t like us Suggs

  6. CKL says: Dec 2, 2010 6:08 PM

    Gregg, I don’t mean to pick on you but it’s make “DO” not make “due”. I’m not a language critic when people post on blogs/fan sites because who cares about it in a casual setting? But when one actually writes pieces for a site or a newspaper or what have you, I hold them to a higher standard since it is their job.

    That said this sucks. I am glad Mankins came back early for sure.

  7. skleech22 says: Dec 2, 2010 7:00 PM

    Bummer!! But at least you get another guy to hold a camera for BILLY!

  8. laxer37 says: Dec 2, 2010 7:24 PM

    zimaman says:

    thats 5 starters on injured reserve for the Patriots

    Leigh Bodden
    Ty Warren
    Kevin Faulk
    Steven Gostowski
    Steven Neal

    and all of the above would likely be starters on most any team in the league.

    ————————————————-

    Not a very impressive list compared to the losses of pro bowl players the Colts and Steelers have had to deal with.

  9. castleanthrax says: Dec 2, 2010 8:45 PM

    The point is laxer all teams have key injuries to their starters…some get over it with their depth others don’t.

  10. hairpie says: Dec 2, 2010 8:48 PM

    The Pats dont have a lot of Pro Bowlers… they have a “team.”

  11. kelvinmchale says: Dec 2, 2010 9:15 PM

    Don’t forget their starting RB Fred Taylor has been injured practically the entire season, too.

  12. zimaman says: Dec 2, 2010 10:33 PM

    thanks castleanthrax –

    no matter what you post in here some pinhead like laxer37′ going to try and poke a hole in to defend the Colts or the Steelers or whichever one his binky is

    you are correct the point was not the “impressiveness” of the list but the fact you dont hear about it

  13. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter says: Dec 3, 2010 8:52 AM

    @ zimaman

    Laxer is a steelers fan, you will learn after a few weeks that Colt fans don’t post dumb crap like this.

    As a Chargers fan I know those are significant losses and credit the Pats for fighting through them. However watch out and hope you meet us in the playoffs cause we still have some unfinished buisness from 2006 :)

    And we don’t have a puss at RB who folds when the going gets tough anymore.

  14. FoozieGrooler says: Dec 3, 2010 8:53 AM

    #hairpie says: Dec 2, 2010 8:48 PM

    “The Pats dont have a lot of Pro Bowlers… they have a “team.””

    It’s just as well.
    I remember the year of Spygate when the Pats sent a contingent to the Pro Bowl – and got BOOED.

    I mean c’mon man, who the *&^% get’s booed in Hawaii?? Even the Japanese don’t get booed there.

  15. backdapack says: Dec 3, 2010 9:48 AM

    thats 5 starters on injured reserve for the Patriots

    Leigh Bodden
    Ty Warren
    Kevin Faulk
    Steven Gostowski
    Steven Neal

    and all of the above would likely be starters on most any team in the league.

    ———————————

    Packers have 13 players on IR
    6 of those players were starters and the Packers also lost 2 additional starters before the season started DE Jolly and CB Al Harris

    so sympathies here….soon to be 8-4 GO PACK!!!!!

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