With three offensive linemen questionable, Patriots add a healthy one


The Patriots offensive line has struggled at times in the first three weeks and they come into Week Four with a couple of question marks up front.

Left guard Logan Mankins and tackle Sebastian Vollmer are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills, a state of affairs which likely led the Patriots to sign Matt Tennant to the active roster. Tennant spent a few days with the Patriots in early September after being waived by the Saints as they made their cuts to 53 men at the end of the preseason, but was cut when New England signed the since-departed Lex Hilliard.

Adding to the injury woes up front for the Patriots is the fact that reserve lineman Nick McDonald is also questionable for the Buffalo game thanks to a shoulder injury. The decision to sign Tennant could be a sign that one or more of the linemen won’t be able to get on the field on Sunday.

Tennant, who fills the roster spot vacated by Kellen Winslow, played 28 games with the Saints over the last two seasons as a backup guard and center. New Orleans drafted him in the fifth round of the 2010 draft.

12 responses to “With three offensive linemen questionable, Patriots add a healthy one

  1. The Buffalo Bills have been looking forward to playing the Patriots in Orchard Park. Their team is much stronger, quicker, smarter and ready to turn the series between them and the Patriots around. Its time for a change in the division, a change that puts the Bills back on top. I miss those days, the 90’s when Buffalo and Miami ran the AFC East and the Patriots and Jets sat at the bottom every year. I really want the Bills to punish the Patriots this Sunday. Like usual, 95% of everyone has the Patriots over the Bills. Lets Go Buffalo! Surprise everyone just like last seasons. My Pick: Buffalo 42, New England 20.

  2. I know the majority of the US football fans don’t follow the Bills, but their front 4 will demolish this oline. I hope Giselle has an insurance policy on Tom!!

  3. I would normally agree, no way the Pats go 1-3– but if Mankins is out, the rest of that line is pretty banged up. Buffalo very well could take this one with Tom running for his life.

    That would mean at the end of the day tomorrow Brady, Brees and Rodgers are going to be 3-9.

  4. Light retires. Mankins has a serious surgery. Both of their Centers suck. They won’t pay Waters what he’s worth. Vol can’t stay heathly. Their best blocking TE was a decent RT and now a decent LT, leaving them with Gronk as their only blocking TE. Brady can barely move.

    And we’re supposed to take this team seriously?

  5. Is it just me or is anyone else waiting for the Jan play-offs when the Pats crap their pants and do a one and done?

  6. How many of you are betting real money against the patriots given all of their injuries?

    I didn’t think so.

  7. nxtseven –

    No you shouldn’t take the Pats seriously. After all, you guys have proven to be the cream of the NFL crop with wins over the Browns and the Chiefs!

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