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The depth along the defensive line continues to dwindle, as the Patriots have suspended Brandon Deaderick.
Deaderick, a 2010 seventh round draft selection, played in 10 games and started four for one of the NFL’s youngest defenses. The reasoning for the suspension remains unknown, and aside from being the victim in a 2009 shooting, Deaderick isn’t a cause for concern off the field.
The suspension comes on the heels of another announcement with regards to the Patriots defensive line. Bill Belichick and Co. also will be without 2009 second round pick Ron Brace, as the former Boston College Eagle has been added to IR. At one point the defensive line was considered one of the deepest positions for the Patriots, but now the Patriots must turn to others to fill the void.
Following Deaderick’s suspension the Patriots have held four defensive lineman to a visit. Familiar foe Le Kevin Smith leads the group, followed by Alfonso Boone, Ryan Sims and Atiyyah Ellison. Smith played with the Patriots for three years and seems like a good fit because of the simple fact that he has played in Coach Belichick’s system. Fellow defensive lineman Mike Wright and Myron Pryor have missed substantial time over the last month and as of right now there status is unknown for the Patriots playoff contest in two weeks.
The Patriots will use this bye week to rest up before hosting the Divisional Round of the AFC playoffs. One knows that the No. 1 seed in the AFC could use it.