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The injury report got a lot more crowded Tuesday as safety Rodney Harrison reportedly has a torn quad muscle and will be out for the rest of the season. Harrison was carted off in the second half of the Patriots 41-7 win over the Broncos last night and Adam Schefter of NFL.com reports it’s a season – and possibly career-ending – injury.
The news comes a day after the Patriots placed Laurence Maroney on injured reserve because of a shoulder injury. James Sanders and Brandon Meriweather now become the front runners to be the starting safeties.
My Take: This is definitely a devastating blow both to the team and to Rodney. He’s battled his share of injuries since coming to New England and provides a passion unmatched in the NFL. His loss will hurt both on and off the field for sure. The only upside is that we’ll get to see just how good former first round pick Brandon Meriweather can be and he is in line to get a lot more snaps from here on out.