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The decision to move ahead with the surgery allows for Green to return to the team for the playoff run in December. The big question for the Patriots moving forward will be how do they get through November without the man who started every game for them at defensive end?
Well it’s unsure right now. Yahoo Sports doesn’t even list a backup to Green. The injury to any defensive lineman was a fear immediately following the trade of Richard Seymour. The most likely candidates seem to be rookie Myron Pryor and Mike Wright.
Pryor has appeared in six games this year totaling nine tackles. He also filled in when Vince Wilfork sat out against Atlanta. As for Wright, he leads the team with 4.0 sacks but is also more accustomed to playing defensive tackle.
Unfortunately for the Pats, they will be facing the NFL’s cream of the crop too. This week they host the 3-4 Dolphins but then travel to Indianapolis to face the undefeated Colts. The Pats then will attempt to avenge a Week 2 loss against the Jets, and end the month with a trip to New Orleans to take on the perfect 7-0 Saints.
The good news is Green was already walking on his surgically repaired knee but is ruled out of this week’s game against Miami. Optimistically speaking, Green could return in time to play the Colts, Nov. 15. You have to think the Pats want him back for at least one of the games against the Colts and Saints.
With Green, New England only has 13 total sacks all season, which is the sixth worst number in the league. Against Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, the Pats will have to produce some sort of pass rush if they stand any chance of winning on the road.