Not only is the secondary banged up, but obviously they're having some problems performance-wise as well. Keep in mind that Lewis Sanders was already on the injury report coming into the game. And then this happened: Patriots blog - Reiss' Pieces - Boston.com This game takes me back to November 7, 2005. That night, you had Peyton Manning, Edgerrin James, Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, and Brandon Stokley going up against Asante Samuel, Duane Starks, Eugene Wilson, Randall Gay (playing safety), Michael Stone, Ellis Hobbs, and Hank Poteat. Keep in mind that Samuel wasn't yet a Pro Bowler, Hobbs was a rookie, James Sanders was an inactive rookie, and Tyrone Poole, Chad Scott, and Rodney were out for the year. The game started out with Wilson and Gay at safety, and Samuel and Starks at CB. Starks was benched and placed on IR the next day. Gay got hurt and was placed on IR a week later (leading to the Artrell Hawkins era) Last night, it was Philip Rivers, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson, and Malcolm Floyd - not even Chambers, up against the Pats secondary. The game started out with Meriweather, Sanders, and Harrison at safety, and Hobbs and O'Neal at CB. Hobbs and Meriweather got hurt, and were replaced by Lew Sanders. O'Neal was either benched or was injured, and replaced by Wheatley. Major problems in both cases. The question is, how much of O'Neal will we see in this defense going forward? Personally, I think this kind of injury situation in the secondary is going to prompt at least some sort of roster move, given that Wilhite, Ventrone, and Slater are all taking up "secondary" roster spots but aren't players you want out there if any of your starters aren't ready to go. We're about a third of the way through the season now, and the schedule is not going to get any easier. If the powers that be think that the personnel in the secondary can be improved or that there is not sufficient depth to deal with these latest injuries, then you're probably going to see someone in here. Ty Law is still out there. Just sayin'.