By: Derek Havens
In his usual Monday press conference: Belichick on how bad Devin McCourty’s injury is: “We’ll know on Wednesday.”
As usual the Pats are keeping their mouth closed on McCourty’s injury situation. Most likely, no new details will come out until practice report or the injury report on Wednesday as Belichick eluded too.
On Wednesday, the Patriots practiced outside in the lower field. The team participated in drills in frigid temperatures throughout the morning.
Unfortunately, Devin McCourty was not seen at practice. This is the first practice McCourty has missed this season. If he is unable to go Sunday, that would be a huge blow to the Patriots defense.
The health of rookie cornerback Devin McCourty is the most significant issue facing the Patriots moving forward. The rookie corner has been sensational this season and has already established himself as the teams best corner.
McCourty left in the second quarter with a rib injury and did not return. After forcing a fumble, McCourty felt some tenderness and headed to the sidelines. After returning to the field, the rookie did not feel comfortable moving forward.
All eyes will be on his status moving forward this week. Second-year cornerback Darius Butler is next on the depth chart and the newly signed Chevis Jackson could see action very quickly.
Hopefully, his injury does not force him to miss extended time. After the game, McCourty told Monique Walker of the Boston Globe “I’m Alright” and was “OK”. When Bill Belichick was asked about the situation, he said “His injury, or anybody else’s injury, is all the same. It’s up to the medical department — if they clear a player to play. If they don’t, he doesn’t”.
Obviously I will continue to monitor the situation and pass along any details that come about.