The 2015 Patriots season has been marked by plenty of wins and plenty of injuries and things played out according to form against the Titans on Sunday.
The Patriots won the game 33-16 and they saw some key players leave with injuries. Neither linebacker Dont’a Hightower nor wide receiver Danny Amendola finished the game due to knee injuries, which may be even more of a concern with both already missing time this year with problems in that area. Wide receiver Julian Edelman, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, tight end Scott Chandler and safety Devin McCourty didn’t play at all after dealing with injuries during the week.
On Monday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked about the possibility of resting players in the next two weeks with a first round bye already wrapped up and several key players already lost for the season to injuries. He said that there needs to be a balance with trying to win, but that it’s something the team has to think about doing in order to be as close to full strength as possible for the postseason.
“We’ll just have to do the best that we can to balance all those things out,” Belichick said via a transcript distributed by the team. “That’s something we’ll have to give some thought to and get as much information as possible because there are some guys that are in various states of physical health. We’ll have to work our way through all that. It’s definitely a challenging situation. I wish I had a cleaner answer on it, but really we’re just going to have to work it out.”
The Patriots rested several players in a Week 17 loss to the Bills last year, including Edelman, Hightower, Rob Gronkowski and Sebastian Vollmer. Things worked out pretty well for them in the postseason, which may make that approach a guide for what to expect this time around.