Overshadowed in Sunday’s 55-24 throbbing of the Pittsburgh Steelers was the injury suffered by New England Patriots safety Steve Gregory. Gregory left the game with his hand covered in a towel and never returned. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been quiet as to the status of Gregory but as NFL.com reports on November 4, Gregory suffered a broken thumb.
Gregory’s injury is just the latest in a rash of injuries that have stricken the Patriots defense over the last few weeks. The team has already lost linebacker Jerod Mayo, and defensive tackles Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly for the season.
In now his eighth season and second season with the Patriots, Steve Gregory has emerged as a leader on the defense, calling plays and serving as a seasoned veteran helping some of the younger players. Gregory may not miss any time with the team’s bye week coming and depending on whether or not he can play with a cast. He could be back on the field when the Patriots take on the Carolina Panthers on Nov. 18.
Patriots’ rookie safety Duron Harmon will be the next man up if Gregory is not able to play.