PHOTO: New England Patriots CB Ty Law #24 stands on the field during Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Panthers 32-29. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Patriots All-Pro Ty Law placed on Injured Reserve
By Patriots Insider Staff
Ty Law, CB will be placed on the Injured Reserve list today, effectively ending his season. As reported earlier on the Patriots Insider Hot News, Law was not seen at his locker earlier this week during the media session.
It became a concern that he may have either suffered a setback in his rehab, or that the team felt he was not making enough progress to return in time for the postseason.
Law hurt his leg in a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Oct. 31, 2004. The injury turned out to be a broken bone on the top of his foot. Initial estimates for recovery from an injury of that nature were in the neighborhood of 8-12 weeks. This meant he might be available sometime around the first or second round of the playoffs at best.
In recent weeks Law was upgraded on the weekly injury report, from "Out" to "Doubtful" and even recently as "Questionable" for the game against the New York Jets.
From Hot News earlier in the week: "Ty Law: Where is he now"
"The last couple of weeks, even after being upgraded to questionable on the injury report, Law has not been seen in the locker room while it is open to the media, which leaves one to wonder about his status moving forward."
Law joins fellow Patriots defenders already on the IR list: Guss Scott, Tyrone Poole Dan Klecko, Rodney Bailey and Dana Stubblefield. While Scott is a rookie, and Stubblefield was new to the team, Bailey, Poole and Klecko were expected to be contributors this year.
The Patriots will go forward with the same group of DBs that has been filling in admirably for Law and Poole. Add to the mix, Je'Rod Cherry a reserve DB, and Omare Lowe who has been on and off the roster the last couple weeks, and the Patriots will surely field a patchwork defensive backfield.
From this week's Scout Report: "Scout Report: AFC East News and Notes"
"On the downside, the Patriots are limping into the playoffs health-wise, which could ultimately be their undoing. Their best two defensive players - Ty Law and Richard Seymour - may quite likely be on the sideline for at least the first playoff game. In fact, there is a legitimate chance that neither plays in the Divisional round.
Law was nowhere to be seen Wednesday during the only open locker room period for the media this week. His chair was folded in his locker. But Seymour made an appearance and remained vague on his status for the playoffs. "
Players in the mix for the Patriots Backfield:
Troy Brown - WR who has seen significant time in nickel coverage
Eugene Wilson - Starting FS
Asante Samuel - Starting CB
Don Davis - Reserve S, backup LB
Randall Gay - Rookie CB
Earthwind Moreland - Reserve dB
Dexter Reid - Rookie S
Rodney Harrison - Starting SS
Je'Rod Cherry - Reserve dB, mostly used on special teams
Omare Lowe - Practice Squad dB
Look for an announcement by the team this week on who will fill Law's roster
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