Big Decision: McCourty at safety or CB?

November, 10, 2012
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The day before each game this season, this space will feature one big decision facing Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and his staff, in terms of the game plan.

This week's decision: Where does Devin McCourty play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills?

BillsPatriotsLast week, NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reported that the Patriots had moved McCourty to safety full-time. However, injuries still seem to dictate how things shake out in the secondary, and it seems unlikely the Patriots would lock McCourty in at safety if they are in dire straits at cornerback.

The swing vote here seems to be the availability of cornerback Kyle Arrington. He left the team's last game with a concussion, and had a red (non-contact) jersey in his locker Friday, raising questions on whether he has been cleared for contact practices.

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Arrington's replacement in London was Sterling Moore, but he's now on the practice squad, and unless he's moved to the active roster by 4 p.m. Saturday, the Patriots' top two options at cornerback beyond Arrington are rookie Alfonzo Dennard and veteran Marquice Cole.

At safety, Steve Gregory seems more likely to play Sunday than Patrick Chung, who now has both hamstring and shoulder injuries, and also had a red practice jersey in his locker Friday. If Gregory plays, the Patriots could start rookie Tavon Wilson again at the other safety spot, and keep McCourty at cornerback.

The likelihood of McCourty at safety will increase when newly acquired cornerback Aqib Talib returns from his suspension Monday. But for Sunday's game, it wouldn't be a shock to see McCourty back at cornerback.

What do you think? Should the Patriots allow McCourty to settle in at safety, or move him back to where he may be needed more, at cornerback? Join the discussion in the comments section below.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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