New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has found creative ways to get around injuries to some of his best players; it’s mostly been on offense, as wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Rob Gronkowski have constantly been on the shelf. Now, Belichick has to deal with defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and inside linebacker Jerod Mayo being out for the season. There is one injured player who could, however, tip the scale and completely throw off any aspirations that Belichick had for this season. That player is cornerback Aqib Talib.
Talib has been the most valuable player on the Patriots’ defense this season. He has constantly battled the No. 1 receiver on opposing teams and has won every matchup. It has made defensive coordinator Matt Patricia‘s job so much easier to have a player with Talib’s talents on the field. Talib has played the role that Darrelle Revis played for Rex Ryan while Revis was a member of the New York Jets. There are only a handful of cornerbacks that can be put on an island against the best opposing receiver, and Talib has certainly been one of them, and now he’s hurt.
Talib has been diagnosed with a strained hip flexor, and could miss a couple of weeks. It certainly looks as though Talib will miss this Sunday’s game against, ironically enough, the Jets. He has yet to practice this week, which is a must if you play for coach Belichick. Any prolonged absence for Talib could not only mean a loss in New York, but also to other weaker teams as well.
Philip Alexander is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @steely0906, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.