Monday, November 30, 2009
By Mike Reiss
Rookie left tackle Sebastian Vollmer, who sustained a head injury in last week’s game, is not active for tonight’s contest against the Saints. Veteran Matt Light is likely to return to the starting spot at left tackle as he is active for the first time since injuring his right knee Oct. 11.
With rookie receiver Julian Edelman the third quarterback, if he plays before the fourth quarter that would mean that Tom Brady and Brian Hoyer – the top two quarterbacks – are ineligible to play. So it will be a limited role for Edelman (forearm injury) tonight.
Meanwhile, running back Sammy Morris is active for the first time since injuring his knee Oct. 18 and defensive lineman Jarvis Green is active for the first time since undergoing knee surgery during the bye week. That should help the Patriots in the run game -- offensively and defensively.
A couple of more points of analysis from the Patriots’ inactive players:
1) Linebacker Junior Seau, whose pre-game speeches have motivated players in recent weeks, is inactive for the first time since signing with the team. That thrusts Eric Alexander one notch up the depth chart behind Jerod Mayo and Gary Guyton at inside linebacker.