By: Ian Logue
While most fans will be riding high after Sunday’s win, there are certainly some reasons to be concerned heading into next week’s game against the Bills.
Taking a look at some of the injuries, here’s what we know:
– Ras-I Dowling – Dowling left with a reported thigh injury and didn’t return. The good news is he was spotted back on the sideline late in the third, although no real information is known about the severity – but the fact he came back out was encouraging.
– Patrick Chung – Chung left the game with an apparent hand injury in the third quarter, with reports on Twitter saying he had gone into the locker room for tests. He later came back out with a cast on his hand for what seemed to be an injury to his thumb and came back in around the 8:00 mark of the fourth quarter.
– Albert Haynesworth – Was seen on the sidelines stretching after coming off the field, but later returned and doesn’t appear to have suffered anything serious.
– James Ihedigbo – Came off the field briefly and was also seen being tended to on the sidelines. He appeared to get injured when Andre Carter wrapped up his leg while making a tackle, but he later returned and finished the game.
– Aaron Hernandez – He apparently got injured late in the game, and his seems to be the most concerning. Several reporters said he talked to the media after the game, “which is always an encouraging sign”, but the fact he’s banged up is somewhat alarming considering that he already spent his rookie season battling what ended up being a hip injury that required surgery. One report said he was ‘limping badly’ in the locker room. Needless to say his status is one to keep an eye on.
– Zoltan Mesko – He was injured late in Sunday’s game after Ihedigbo was pushed back into his left leg on a punt. Mesko was seen writhing around in pain, and was unavailable to the point where Belichick admitted after Sunday’s game that they went for it on 4th and 4 due to his injury. Mesko did come back in to hold for an extra point, but he was clearly hobbling. He’s been so good he’s a difference maker in their kicking game, and his loss isn’t going to be good if it’s severe enough to keep him out for a long period of time. He was holding his knee following the hit and was seen being tended to by trainers on the Pats bench.
– Kyle Arrington – Left the game in the fourth after taking a tough hit. He sounded upbeat on Twitter after the game, saying that he’s thankful he’s “hard headed” and thanked fans for their concern. We’ll have to wait to hear more on his status later this week.
If you spot any information on any of the above players, be sure to leave a comment and share any updates.