Updated 7:15pm EST
New England has been without the services of their top defensive lineman, Richard Seymour, since he was placed on the Physically Unable Perform (PUP) list at the beginning of the regular season. Unable to practice with his fellow teammates until after their 48-27 win over the Dallas Cowboys in week 6 win, Seymour actually took an additional week to get ready for the rigors of game day.
In Seymour's place, the Patriots have used a combination of Ty Warren, Jarvis Green and Mike Wright. Green has manned his usual position at left defensive lend while Green and Wright have rotated starting roles in Seymour's spot on the right side.
Considered one of the best linemen in the league, Seymour will add to the Patriots Top 5 ranked defense. The Patriots could use more help against the run after giving up over 6 yards per carry to both the Cowboys in week 6 and the Miami Doilphins in week 7. The Patriots defense slipped form 4th overall to 7th after surrendering 179 yards on the ground against the Dolphins.
Former Patriots offensive lineman Ross Tucker, now with the Washington Redskins spoke highly of Seymour on Sirius NFL Radio this week. "He's the best (defensive lineman) in the league," Tucker gushed. He went on to compliment Seymour's technique saying he felt as if Seymour was toying with offensive lineman at times "He's that good."