The injuries are getting a bit out of hand for the New England Patriots right now. Once again adversity has struck the team, yet Tom Brady has shown how great he is and helped lead his squad to an impressive win over the New Orleans Saints and a 5-1 record. The Patriots’ defense has been a big part of the team’s success, and star CB Aqib Talib has been arguably the most important player on that defense.
Talib went down with a hip injury in the game against the Saints. With the amount of injuries piling up on the defensive side of the ball, Talib is one player the Patriots cannot lose. Talib has been one of, if not the best CB in the league this year, but he has a history of hip injuries which is what is keeping Patriots fans on edge. The Patriots are through a tough part of their schedule and will have an easier road up until their bye. With that said, the Patriots do not need to rush Talib back, especially this week against the New York Jets.
The Patriots may be banged up and Talib might be the most valuable part of the secondary, but they will travel to the Meadowlands to face the Jets who are struggling with injuries themselves. Luckily for the Patriots the Jets’ injuries are at WR. Receiver Santonio Holmes is dealing with a hamstring injury and looks like he will miss another game. Stephen Hill will be playing, but he has been banged up and has not played very well as of late. He will be the No. 1 receiver for the Jets, and that is not saying much.
With the Jets banged up on offense and a team that is very beatable even without Talib, rushing Talib back would be silly. The Patriots are more than capable of winning their next game without him and maybe even getting by for a couple weeks without him. The biggest concern right now is getting him healthy for games that they will need him like Week 12 against the Denver Broncos and especially in the playoffs. This is the stretch of the season where the competition is not as high, so getting healthy on the defensive side of the ball is the biggest need for the Patriots right now.