The New England Patriots were victorious on the field Sunday afternoon, pulling out a 20-10 victory in a rather large AFC East showdown - a division that will now be a weekly four-way battle for first place. Unfortunately for New England, it was a rather costly victory as outside linebacker Adalius Thomas suffered a broken arm, as reported by ESPN's Michael Smith.
The injury is serious enough that, according to "a source," Thomas could miss the remainder of the season.
Linebacker Adalius Thomas, who has started all nine games for the Patriots and is tied for the team lead with five sacks, suffered a broken left forearm in the first half of the Patriots 20-10 win, according to sources. The sources believe the injury is likely season ending. "It's not good. He's probably done [for the season]," said one source.
The Patriots team that will be taking the field now is vastly different from the one that opened the season in Foxboro. Instead of relying on Tom Brady, Rodney Harrison, Laurence Maroney, and Adalius Thomas, the defending conference champions are now relying on Matt Cassel, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Brandon Meriweather, among others. And they're still winning.
It certainly helps the theory that Bill Belichick really has become a great coach, and wasn't just along for the ride with Brady (because, let's be fair, his record without Brady as his quarterback kind of stinks). Or maybe he's just started cheating again!
Of course, I'm kidding about the cheating thing (I think), New England, so save the hate e-mails for later.
Thomas signed with New England prior to the 2007 season after spending the first six years of his career in Baltimore. He's been a strong pass-rusher for the Patriots, already recording five sacks in nine games this season, and has picked up 50 in his eight-year career.
Pierre Woods will likely see more playing time with Thomas out of the lineup.
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