On Wednesday Morning, the New England Patriots placed safety Josh Barrett on injured reserve.

When healthy, Barrett seemed to be the apparent starter across from Patrick Chung, however, he missed an extensive amount of time with several injuries. Bill Belichick brought him over from the Denver Broncos last season to make an impact, but it just has not panned out so far.

“Unfortunately, we had to place Josh on injured reserve, which is a tough break for him,” Belichick said. “The kid’s worked hard and I wished that would have turned out differently for him this year. It is what it is.”

The Patriots have made a number of transactions in the past 48 hours. In addition to the moves yesterday, linebacker Niko Koutouvides was re-signed, while cornerback Sterling Moore was promoted to the 53-man roster from the practice squad.

My biggest concern at this point, is the Pats have almost no suitable options to play safety; not that they really did before placing Barrett on IR. This move leaves Patrick Chung, Serjio Brown and James Ihedigbo at the position. I will be interested to see what Belichick does to replace Barrett, if anything, in the coming days. For now, an already struggling New England defense seems to be limping in to a very important division showdown.

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