List of wounded Patriots grows again

Updated: October 1, 2003, 4:58 PM ET

FOXBORO, Mass. -- The New England Patriots injury list is actually getting longer.

Beset all season by serious ailments, New England had 13 players on the list Wednesday, up one from a week ago.

From top to bottom, the problems involved one neck, one shoulder, one chest, one arm, one elbow, two legs, three knees, two ankles and one foot.

"There's not too many times you're going to come out there 100 percent," cornerback Ty Law said. "But it's just, how much can you take? How much can you tolerate?"

Law sprained his ankle in the Patriots' second game and played in last Sunday's 20-17 loss at Washington even though he was listed as questionable. He's questionable again for Sunday's home game against Tennessee.

"It's definitely feeling better than it did after the first week," Law said. "I want to get to this bye week and give it a real rest."

That doesn't come until Nov. 9 and the Patriots have five games before then.

"We're a wounded team, but wounded teams are still dangerous," said defensive end Richard Seymour, who played some defensive tackle last Sunday because of injuries. "Sometimes when a running back goes down the team kind of pulls together and gets stronger."

Wednesday's injury report included 10 players who figured to be starters and four others who were hurt last Sunday and are listed as questionable -- running back Kevin Faulk, wide receiver David Givens, tight end Daniel Graham and linebacker Willie McGinest.

Three players who were on the list a week earlier were off it Wednesday. But linebacker Rosevelt Colvin and guard Mike Compton were removed because they went on injured reserve and are out for the season.

The Patriots actually may be getting an injured player back. Running back Mike Cloud had calf surgery in July and is eligible to return after serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy while he was with Kansas City last season.

He was barred from Gillette Stadium during his suspension and met with a trainer once a week at a nearby McDonald's to assess his condition.

"I feel very confident where I'm at physically and mentally," Cloud said before his first regular-season practice with the team Wednesday, "but it's different when you're on the field."

The Patriots have a one-week exemption before having to decide whether to put Cloud on the roster or release him, but Cloud said he'd like to play against Tennessee.

He could come in handy if Faulk is limited.

Faulk began last Sunday's game as New England's leading rusher but was hurt and sat out most of the second half after gaining 12 yards on 10 carries and catching one pass. He ran behind an offensive line missing three sidelined starters.

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