Sunday, February 3, 2008
Pats get CB Gay back, lose OG Neal; Faulk taken to locker room
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- New England Patriots cornerback Randall Gay
returned to the Super Bowl in the second quarter after injuring his
left arm early in the first quarter against the New York Giants on
Gay was attempting a tackle on New York's Steve Smith when
teammate Rodney Harrison knocked into him hard. Harrison made the
tackle on Smith, who had an 8-yard catch on third-and-6 to keep an
early drive by the Giants alive. Both Gay and Harrison were injured
on the play and examined by trainers on the Patriots' sideline.
Harrison returned to the game after one play, but Gay was
escorted off the field while he cradled his left arm.
Gay came back late in the first half and broke up a deep pass
by Eli Manning to Smith with 2 minutes left.
Right guard Stephen Neal left the game midway through the second
quarter after injuring a knee on Justin Tuck's sack of Tom Brady.
Neal, who missed the Patriots' last meeting with the Giants in Week
17 because of a shoulder injury, was replaced by Russ Hochstein.
Kevin Faulk appeared to injure his left hamstring on a deep
fourth-down incompletion by Brady to Jabar Gaffney in the end zone
with 6:49 remaining in the third quarter. He returned early in the
Faulk, one of the Patriots' most valuable offensive threats, was
away from the play when he grabbed the back of his left leg and
hopped over to the sideline. He then jogged into the locker room
accompanied by a trainer.