Pats' Thomas breaks arm, reportedly out for season

Nfl Week 10

Notes

November 10, 2008|By From Sun news services

The New England Patriots' win yesterday over the Buffalo Bills came with a significant loss.

Linebacker Adalius Thomas (right), a former Raven who has started all nine games for the Patriots this year and is tied for the team lead with five sacks, suffered a broken left forearm in the first half of the Patriots' 20-10 win, ESPN reported, citing team sources. The sources were said to believe the injury will probably end Thomas' season.

"It's not good. He's probably done" for the season, one source said.

New England is 6-3 and tied for first place in the AFC East despite season-ending injuries to quarterback Tom Brady, safety Rodney Harrison, and running back Laurence Maroney.

STEELERS: : Two-time Pro Bowl running back Willie Parker was inactive for yesterday's game against the Colts, the fifth time in six games that Parker has not played. According to NFL.com, Parker was told last week that he has a torn labrum in his shoulder that will require offseason surgery. Parker denied the report and told ESPN that no one has told him he has a torn labrum. Parker said the first he heard of the report was when he got a call from his agent yesterday morning. Parker said his body is "beat up" but does not expect to be out for the season and hopes to play next week.

JAGUARS: : Wide receiver Matt Jones injured his thigh against the Lions and left the game in the third quarter. Jones had a team-high five receptions for 62 yards yesterday when he was sidelined after helping Jacksonville take a 24-point lead. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said after the game that the injury wasn't serious and the receiver could have returned.

MORE JAGUARS: : Linebacker Mike Peterson, sent home last week from practices, did not dress at Detroit. He will also be fined $10,000 for what Jacksonville is calling "insubordination," ESPN reported. According to players, Peterson and Del Rio had a confrontation Wednesday during a team meeting when the coach called out the linebacker for a muscle-flexing celebration after he made a sack as the team trailed Cincinnati by 18 on Nov. 2. The 10-year veteran, who leads the team with 85 tackles, rejoined the Jaguars on Friday.

SAINTS: : Cornerback Mike McKenzie suffered a fractured right kneecap, forcing him to contemplate another long rehabilitation less than one year after having reconstructive surgery on the same knee. McKenzie was carted off the field in the game against the Falcons after suffering the injury while defending a third-down pass to Michael Jenkins. McKenzie, a 10-year veteran, said he was told this rehab could take three to six months. McKenzie, 32, entered yesterday's game with 23 tackles and one interception.

VIKINGS: : Cornerback Charles Gordon, Minnesota's top punt returner, was carted off the field in the second quarter against Green Bay after a gruesome ankle injury while he was tackled at the end of a punt return. Coach Brad Childress said Gordon needed to have a pin inserted into his leg, indicating a bad break, and he's undoubtedly lost for the rest of the season.

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