New England Patriots: Mike Wright
“Mike did everything he could to return and contribute to the team. Unfortunately, we felt the best course of action was to place him on injured reserve at this time.”
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots placed seventh-year defensive lineman Mike Wright on season-ending injured reserve Thursday and re-signed cornerback Phillip Adams to the 53-man roster.
Wright, who missed the final seven games of the 2010 season after sustaining a concussion, suffered a second concussion in a season-opening win in Miami. He returned to practice last week and engaged in two days of limited participation, but Thursday's move ends his season and could threaten his career. He registered a tackle and a half sack in his only appearance this year against the Dolphins.
For his career, Wright boasts 174 tackles and 15 sacks in 81 games with the Patriots. Undrafted out of Cincinnati, he played 13 games as a rookie before an ankle injury ended his 2005 season, while a foot injury ended his 2007 campaign after nine games. He's been placed on injured reserve now in four of his seven seasons with the team.
Adams signed with the Patriots on Sept. 21 and was active for games against Buffalo and Oakland, appearing on one special teams play against the Raiders. He was originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (224 overall) of the 2010 draft. Adams played in 15 games for the 49ers last season and finished with 13 total tackles and one pass defended.
ILB Gary Guyton – 51 of 51 snaps
ILB Jerod Mayo – 51 of 51
S Brandon Meriweather – 51 of 51
CB Jonathan Wilhite – 51 of 51
CB Leigh Bodden – 50 of 51
S Brandon McGowan – 50 of 51
OLB/DE Adalius Thomas – 40 of 51
NT Vince Wilfork – 39 of 51
DE Mike Wright – 37 of 51
DE Ty Warren -- 34 of 52
OLB Tully Banta-Cain – 26 of 51
OLB Pierre Woods – 19 of 51
DE Derrick Burgess – 17 of 51
DT Myron Pryor – 17 of 51
CB Darius Butler – 12 of 51
S James Sanders – 9 of 51
S Pat Chung – 5 of 51
DT Ron Brace – 1 of 51
S Randy Moss – 1 of 51
(Two false start penalties included in snaps)
ANALYSIS: The base alignment was a 3-4, with the Patriots using a 3-2-6 dime (6 defensive backs) in most passing situations and occasionally a 4-2-5 nickel (5 defensive backs). … Butler and Chung were the fifth and sixth defensive backs in the sub package. … When Chung left the game with a head injury, he was replaced by Sanders. … Mayo and Guyton played every snap at inside linebacker, keeping Junior Seau on the sidelines for the third game in a row. … Including penalties, the 51 snaps were the third fewest the defense has played in a game this season (46, vs. Falcons, 49 vs. Titans). … Banta-Cain made the most of his playing time, finishing with five tackles and two sacks in just 26 snaps. … After seeing action solely on early downs, Thomas is playing again in sub packages as he’s had more of a chance to rush the passer in recent weeks. … Woods played on defense for the first time since Oct. 18 against Tennessee, starting at outside linebacker and working in a rotation. … This was the second time this season that Moss has been called upon as a safety in a Hail Mary situation.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It's not often that a team can lose a starting defensive end to a knee injury and replace him with a player who has a team-high total in sacks.
That's what the Patriots figure to do, with Jarvis Green expected to be sidelined 2-4 weeks and Mike Wright (four sacks) the projected top replacement.
Situations like these are why the Patriots signed Wright -- a five-year veteran who had made the team as a rookie free agent in 2005 -- to a four-year, $7.5 million contract this offseason. Wright prides himself on being a utility player, having played tackle in four-man fronts and right end and nose in three-man fronts.
He's become more comfortable at right end this season.
"I've been playing a little bit more there this year since [Richard] Seymour is gone and Jarvis is over there, and I've been backing up Jarvis," Wright said. "It's been good. I've been getting a lot of reps over there in games and it's been helping me out. I've been a lot more comfortable over there."
Some of Wright's best performances this season have come when he's played tackle in four-man fronts, which seems to play to one of his top assets -- quickness.
He said Tuesday that his comfort level and experience with the Patriots are the top factors in his solid start this season.
Wright confirmed the fine to reporters in the locker room Thursday.
"I'm going to appeal it," Wright said, in comments posted by Christopher L. Gasper of the Boston Globe. "I watched it again yesterday. I really just went to grab his shoulder, slipped off his shoulder and just barely touched his facemask. That's not roughing the passer in my eyes. I wasn't trying to bring him down by his facemask or anything like that. It just slipped off and hit him."
Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata was also fined $5,000 for making contact with Tom Brady's helmet, while linebacker Terrell Suggs was not fined for his roughing-the-passer penalty against Brady.