Patriots Injury Report: Vrabel Needs the Rest

Linebcaker Mike Vrabel and Guard Damien Woody will be ready for the Patriots first playoff game. One player who could be making his final appearence for the Patriots is cornerback Ty Law who has is scheduled to make $9 million in 2004.

LB Mike Vrabel will benefit from the bye week to rest his ailing right arm that forced him out of action during Saturday's win over Buffalo. He is not expected to miss next week's game.

G Damien Woody claims he'll also be ready to go by next week after suffering an ankle/foot injury in the game.

S Chris Akins, one of the Patriots special teams stalwarts, made it through the Bills game OK after missing four games with a calf injury. Akins entered the game third on the team in special teams tackles with 20 despite missing a month and added two on Saturday to finish the season with 22 stops.

CB Ty Law's escalating salary leaves his future with the team in doubt, although the two sides will likely engage in negotiations to restructure the pact and to lower his $9.4 million cap number for next year. If Law has played his last regular season game in New England, he will be second on the team's all-time interception list with 35, one behind Raymond Clayborn.

S Eugene Wilson finished tied for the interception lead among NFL rookies with Chicago's Charles Tillman and Dallas' Terence Newman. Each had four interceptions while Detroit's Terrence Holt and Green Bay's Nick Barnett had three each and New England's Asante Samuel had two. --QB Tom Brady's 122.9 passer rating last week marked the fifth time this season and 15th time in his career that he exceeded 100 and the Patriots are 15-0 in those games. Brady is now fourth on the Patriots passing list for completions (966), attempts (1,533) and touchdowns (69), fifth in yards (10,233) and first in completion percentage (61.8).


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