Aqib Talib is having the best year of his career, and some people have said he is the best CB in the league league up until this point. Talib put on another great showing Sunday against the New Orleans Saints as he was a big part of shutting down the best TE in football in Jimmy Graham. Graham was held without a catch for the first time since he was a rookie, which was huge for the New England Patriots‘ ability to come back and win the game.
Late in the game, Talib left with what has been reported as an injury to his hip. The hope is that Talib is not seriously hurt and will be able to come back in a week or two. The Patriots do not necessarily need the pro bowl CB next week against the 3-3 New York Jets and their depleted WR core, but they will need him down the road if their defense hopes to continue to be as dominant as they have been the first six weeks.
Talib suffered a similar injury last year which caused him to miss some games and led to a hamstring issue in the playoffs, which kept him out in the team’s most important games of the year. With how good the defense has been, Talib is arguably the most important player on that defense. He has four interceptions this season and is always matched up against the opposition’s best receiver.
Up until this point, he has been up to the task and has kept some of the best receivers in the game under control, helping his team to a 5-1 record.
Talib was not the only injured Patriot during the Week 6 matchup against the Saints, but his injury may have the biggest effect on the team if it’s serious. This will be something that will be talked about a lot in the next few days, and everyone is holding their breath that these key players will be alright. If this Patriots team can get the insane amount of injured players back on the field, they will be a very tough team to beat.