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Patriots expected to be without McCourty for a few weeks

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The Patriots won a crucial game on Sunday night, but their beleaguered secondary took another massive hit.

The team’s best cornerback Devin McCourty hurt his shoulder in the win over the Jets.  Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that it’s “believed” McCourty has a grade two shoulder separation.

Dan Roche of WBZ first reported that McCourty had a separated shoulder. Breer believes McCourty could be out 2-3 weeks. Don’t expect the Patriots to confirm much of anything regarding the injury this week.

New England’s defense survived against Mark Sanchez, but they could have trouble with a trip to Philadelphia in a couple of weeks with such an injury-plagued, talent-deprived secondary.

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19 Responses to “Patriots expected to be without McCourty for a few weeks”
  1. tombradyallday says: Nov 14, 2011 10:02 AM

    D.M get healthy for the post season going to need you

  2. 6ball says: Nov 14, 2011 10:12 AM

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    The only guy I know playing DB for the Patriots is WR Julian Edelman which means things are back to normal in Foxboro.

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  3. dccowboy says: Nov 14, 2011 10:17 AM

    Not if Vick continues to play like he did Sunday (and the previous Sunday).

  4. grilledjesus says: Nov 14, 2011 10:19 AM

    New England’s defense survived against Mark Sanchez, but they could have trouble with a trip to Philadelphia in a couple of weeks with such an injury-plagued, talent-deprived secondary.
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    Yes, that Phili team looked like world beaters yesterday against a pretty terrible pass defense.

    Wait what? 128yds with 2 Ints….nevermind.

  5. benh999 says: Nov 14, 2011 10:57 AM

    The way McCourty has been playing this year, it is hardly that big of a blow. He has been targeted and completed against the most of any CB in the league (per PFF).

  6. readysethike says: Nov 14, 2011 11:01 AM

    on that play pictured above, what was the penalty for?

  7. j0esixpack says: Nov 14, 2011 11:07 AM

    Other teams use injuries as an excuse to lose but the Patriots seem to use it to come together as a team.

    Edelman is reminding fans and coaches of Troy Brown at CB – and nothing makes a secondary play harder than watching a WR do it as well as they can

    Seeing as Edelman may have taken out Tomlinson for a few weeks, he’s off to a good start.

  8. bozosforall says: Nov 14, 2011 11:18 AM

    benh999 says:
    Nov 14, 2011 10:57 AM
    The way McCourty has been playing this year, it is hardly that big of a blow. He has been targeted and completed against the most of any CB in the league (per PFF).

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    Like his backup will be any better. LMAO

  9. benh999 says: Nov 14, 2011 11:30 AM

    bozosforall,
    Was Molden appreciably worse after McCourty left the game? Seriously, McCourty was one of the better corners in the league last year, but has been absolutely abysmal this year.

  10. patsfiend says: Nov 14, 2011 11:46 AM

    That play right there was not a penalty, by the way. The Pats defenders hit each other, not Burress. Maybe the flag was for “intent” or just because it looked back Plax got bent over backwards.

    Moore took our McCourty. All of a sudden, Arrington is our best DB. Scary.

  11. jnbnet says: Nov 14, 2011 12:00 PM

    Sophmore jinx. I look for him to be back on tract next year…maybe for the end of this year.

  12. cletusvandam says: Nov 14, 2011 12:10 PM

    New England’s defense survived against Mark Sanchez, but they could have trouble with a trip to Philadelphia in a couple of weeks with such an injury-plagued, talent-deprived secondary.
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    uh, have you watched the eagles play recently?

  13. ytsejamer1 says: Nov 14, 2011 12:23 PM

    Losing McCourty hurts our depth…nothing more. He’s the worst rated starting cornerback…so we’re not really losing much production.

    Get Troy Brown out of retirement…I was hoping they might have lured Rodney out of the 30 Rock studios by the fourth quarter…but the Pats D-line strapped on a pair and got after it.

  14. jolink653 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:07 PM

    sucks to lose him but the next couple weeks aren’t exactly against top passing games…chiefs might be without cassel and tebow never throws so a couple weeks probably won’t hurt too much especially if it gets him healthy for the postseason if the patriots make it

    and no that play was an awful call especially with the way the refs completely missed the helmet to helmet hit on welker…you could hear the helmets hit pretty clearly on the welker play but that wasn’t flagged whereas this one was due to the helmet collision noise…what can you do just a couple bad calls luckily it didn’t influence the game too much

  15. benh999 says: Nov 14, 2011 2:29 PM

    The penalty call was fine. That safety was clearly gunning for the ball carrier’s helmet with his helmet. Just because his teammate got the worst of it, and the ball carrier was only grazed, does not mean it was not a penalty. Not calling that would be failing to apply a rule that has been applied pretty consistently for the past season and a half.

  16. baboushka says: Nov 14, 2011 3:08 PM

    McCourty has not been abysmal this year. It has been the Patriots adjusting to a different Defensive scheme that is the problem. And suffering season ending injuries to key defenders they were counting on such as Dowling. I do think dropping Darius Butler was a bad idea. But the much bigger problem has been extremely poor linebacker play for the Pats. They need linebackers who are very aggressive. And can drop back in those deep zones to disrupt how QB’s loft passes to receivers. And blitz with purpose! They were not getting anything from Gary Guyton and others when Mayo was hurt. They banished Guyton out. Elevated a few LBs who know how to play, tackle, intercept and blitz. They got Mayo healthy. And BOOM! everything got better. THe D-Line can tee off knowing LBs & DBs have their backs. DBs can be more aggressive knowing LBs are dropping into coverage properly to distort throws.

    The Pats are improving. And Edelman looked sensational in the secondary in man coverage. I would put that guy at corner and leave him there. Belichick may have lucked up on a DB gem with Edelman!

  17. der6495 says: Nov 14, 2011 5:07 PM

    Need to get Ty Law and O-T-I-S on the phone.

  18. jrsickness989 says: Nov 15, 2011 4:29 AM

    I don’t know if anyone knows this but maybe the pats should call Darren Sharper in for a shot. Don’t think he will do any worse than a safety hitting his own teammate when the tackle was clearly made.

  19. bozosforall says: Nov 17, 2011 3:11 PM

    Yet another draft bust for the “genius” (if by genius, they mean cheater).

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