Patriots May Have a Tough Time Getting Back From Detroit

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August 27, 2011 at 12:19pm ET

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The Patriots flew out yesterday to Detroit for tonight's preseason contest against the Lions, but they may have a problem getting back after the game ends thanks to the fact Hurricane Irene is set to blast New England beginning later tonight and into tomorrow.

Looking at the flight schedule for tonight coming into Logan Airport in Boston, nearly every flight is cancelled - which could mean that the team may need to find an alternate route in order to get back home if they plan on doing so tonight.

Machester Airport appears to be taking flights tonight, judging by this schedule, so it looks like that could be a possibility.

Should they get caught out in Michigan for another day, it will definitely make for a challenging week.  The team already has a short week ahead as they'll have to come back and start preparing to face the Giants  on Thursday, as well as make their first roster cuts on Tuesday when they'll cut down to 75 players.

Obviously this is all just speculation, but this is definitely one of those weeks where they caught a bit of bad luck by not having a Thursday night game at Gillette Stadium.