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Wilfork, Hobbs questionable for Pats

Posted by Chris Brown on November 7, 2008 – 9:48 pm

Starting DT Vince Wilfork and starting CB Ellis Hobbs are both questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Wilfork, who is battling a toe injury, practiced only on a limited basis the whole week. Hobbs is battling a shoulder injury and also could only do limited work this week.

If neither of them can go Sunday it would be a huge loss because there would be no true number one corner to cover Lee Evans for the Patriots. Deltha O’Neal is currently the other starting corner and he was benched in favor of rookie Terrence Wheatley who is also hurt and out for this game with a wrist injury, putting O’Neal back on the field. If Hobbs can’t play rookie Jonathan Wilhite would be thrust into the starting lineup.

I like my chances if I’m Lee Evans and I’m facing either Wilhite or O’Neal. 

If Wilfork can’t go his backup is Mike Wright, a four-year vet that has spent the last two season on injured reserve. I would expect one of two things to happen if Wilfork doesn’t play. First, Richard Seymour goes to the nose and Jarvis Green starts at end in the 3-4. The other option is the Patriots go to a 4-3 and put Seymour inside with Wright and put Jarvis Green on the end in Seymour’s spot.

New England went to a 4-3 last year in their second meeting with the Bills in Buffalo and caught them completely off guard. Buffalo prepared for that possibility this week and if Wilfork can’t play it’s a very realistic possibility.  

As for the rest of the important players on New England’s injury report, LaMont Jordan is questionable with a calf injury and did not practice on Thursday or Friday.

CB Lewis Sanders (hamstring) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful. Also doubtful is RB Sammy Morris (knee).

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