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If you thought the Patriots defense was bad, look out: it’s about to get a whole lot worse. The Patriots surprisingly placed No. 1 cornerback Leigh Bodden on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Bodden’s injury comes just two days before the team’s final preseason game, and less than two weeks before the regular season.
Bodden had missed most of the preseason with a knee injury, but returned to play the Rams in his first game action last week.
“Overwhelmed with the love from every1! Y’all kno imma bounce back.. I’ve been hitting bumps my whole career…& always seem to get past’m,” Bodden told his Twitter followers.
Bodden may be back, as he just signed a four-year deal worth $22 million in March ($10 million guaranteed).
The corner’s injury means that a young, unproven secondary will need to prove themselves. Darius Butler, Jonathan Wilhite, Devin McCourty, and Terrence Wheatley will be expected to fill in, and hopefully they can all mature very quick.
If the Patriots don’t fill in the need via trade or a veteran free agent, this could be a defense that allows a lot of points, especially considering the No. 1 receivers they’re squaring off against this year: Chad Ochocino, Braylon Edwards (Twice), Lee Evans (Twice), Brandon Marshall (Twice), Anquan Boldin, Reggie Wayne, Calvin Johnson, and Greg Jennings, among others. Yikes.