Following up on DT Sealver Siliga


RICHMOND, Va. -- Third-year New England Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga has returned to Boston for further tests on his left hand, an indication of initial concern regarding the severity of the injury, according to a source.

Siliga injured the hand in Tuesday's joint practice with the Washington Redskins. He was later spotted with a black cast/wrap around the left hand.

The team was still awaiting full test results, but it's almost certain that Siliga will miss time in the coming weeks, and perhaps longer.

The 6-foot-2, 325-pound Siliga emerged late last season, playing in the team's final five games (four starts) while also starting both playoff contests. He is most effective against the run, but he also showed a knack for penetrating and pressuring the quarterback up the middle at times this training camp. He is viewed as a borderline starter in some packages (depending on game plan), while also providing valuable depth at a hard to fill position. In addition, the 24-year-old Siliga is a younger presence at a spot where the Patriots have veterans Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly atop the depth chart.