Speculation in New England is rampant that some of the Patriots’ more important parts will be headed to the sideline long before Sunday’s season finale between the Patriots and Bills is over. Even the team website predicts an early exit for some of the Pats’ regulars.
Patriots Football Weekly columnist Andy Hart believes some of the more important cogs in the Patriots machine will be sitting on the bench come the second half Sunday. Others may not even dress for the game like Julian Edelman and LeGarrette Blount, who both missed last week’s game against the Jets due to injury. Here’s the scuttlebutt on playing time for Patriots starters.
Using history as a guideline it would seem likely that anyone dealing with any sort of injury could very well be inactive. That could include guys like Julian Edelman, Kyle Arrington, Dan Connolly and LeGarrette Blount, all of whom missed last Sunday’s game in New York. Alfonzo Dennard and Jonas Gray have already been ruled out. But, barring a change from the past, healthy players, even superstars like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Darrelle Revis, could see early action against the Bills. In the past, when New England has clinched a bye and had an essentially meaningless game, Belichick has played his starters enough to try ensure they don’t get too rusty before the time off leading up to the second round of playoff action. Could that change? Sure. But for now it would seem likely that Brady and Co. could see a few series of action, maybe two quarters of playing time, before taking to the sideline for some well-earned rest.
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