On Monday Bill Belichick declined to provide an update on Colvin's injury, but seemed surprised at the specifics of the team announcement during the game. When asked if it was Colvin's arm, or if it was a leg injury as reported by the team, Belichick responded; "It was announced as a foot? Then well leave it with that announcement."
Colvin's night ended with under 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. He managed 3 tackles and a sack before the injury. His 4 sacks on the season are second only to Mike Vrabel's 9.5.
Depending upon the seriousness of Colvin's injury, the Patriots may need to shuffle the roster to find another linebacker who can play the outside - Colvin's natural position. Other than shifting Junior Seau back to the outside or giving more playing time to Pierre Woods, the Patriots are short healthy bodies to play the position.
The problem for the Patriots is that they're already down three linebackers this season. They tried to sneak Corey Mays onto the practice squad, but the Cincinnati Bengals -- who were in desperate need of healthy bodies at the time -- claimed him off waivers. Eric Alexander has been nursing a knee injury and had missed four games before returning to participate in special teams duty Sunday, but he's more of an inside linebacker. Chad Brown was released in October just prior to the return of Richard Seymour and Rodney Harrison
The solution for the Patriots could be to use more defensive linemen in their base defense running more of a 4-3 style, or opt to give Woods more of a role in Colvin's absence.
Veteran linebacker Chad Brown was in Foxboro Tuesday according to a published report in the Boston Globe. It's possible he could be re-signed if Colvin cannot return.