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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Pats place LB Brandon Spikes on IR Reply with quote

https://twitter.com/Patriots/status/420305627072569344

That makes six starters.

Oof.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

welp. Not great for the Pats
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IDOG_det wrote:
welp. Not great for the Pats
Hightower will slide over to Mike, which he was all but certain to do next year, anyway.
It does leave them very thin at LB.
Might end up seeing Ninkovich spend some time at Will now, with Fletcher as the nickel guy.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over the course of the season, their linebacking core has gone from their strongest unit (QB aside) to possibly their weakest.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

green24 wrote:
Over the course of the season, their linebacking core has gone from their strongest unit (QB aside) to possibly their weakest.


No, DT.
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Victor Cruz Pun wrote:
green24 wrote:
Over the course of the season, their linebacking core has gone from their strongest unit (QB aside) to possibly their weakest.


No, DT.

I was considering the defensive line as one whole unit.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

green24 wrote:
Victor Cruz Pun wrote:
green24 wrote:
Over the course of the season, their linebacking core has gone from their strongest unit (QB aside) to possibly their weakest.


No, DT.

I was considering the defensive line as one whole unit.


Oh, my bad then.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hightower is the sole survivor of our starting LBers.

Doesn't hurt vs the Colts but should down the stretch for a super bowl. Though i hope we resign Spikes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Donut wrote:
Hightower is the sole survivor of our starting LBers.

Doesn't hurt vs the Colts but should down the stretch for a super bowl. Though i hope we resign Spikes.

How has Hightower been lately. I remember hearing a month or two ago that he was really disappointing.
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green24 wrote:
Donut wrote:
Hightower is the sole survivor of our starting LBers.

Doesn't hurt vs the Colts but should down the stretch for a super bowl. Though i hope we resign Spikes.

How has Hightower been lately. I remember hearing a month or two ago that he was really disappointing.
Seems to be improving week by week.
Moving to MLB will likely prove beneficial to him since that's more his natural position.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is bad. Spikes was able to save our run defense to some degree after Wilfork, Kelly and Mayo went down. An excellent run defender. This is really bad...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a tough loss for the Pats. I think Spikes is one of the more underrated LBs around the league.
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Apparently he's been carrying a knee injury for weeks. He's certainly been playing like it. On the face of it this hurts an already depleted D, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is no noticeable drop-off.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That leaves Jones, Ninkovich, Hightower, Talib, and McCourty as the only original 5 defensive starters left....5 of the other 6 starting now are rookies (Jones, Vellano, Collins, Ryan, Harmon).

Its no mystery as to why this team has turned into a ball control offense and scrapped the no-huddle.
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ChazStandard wrote:
Apparently he's been carrying a knee injury for weeks. He's certainly been playing like it. On the face of it this hurts an already depleted D, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is no noticeable drop-off.

From what I understand, hes been playing through a ligament tear (or at least a partial tear) for weeks.
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