FOXBORO -- Remarkable, the number of injuries the Patriots have suffered this season. Four defensive and two offensive starters from Week 1 were unavailable Wednesday, and two of those -- Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo -- are out for the rest of the year.
Quarterback Tom Brady admitted New England has faced some personnel challenges. But he also said every team in the league goes through rough patches. What matters is how you deal with them.
"You don’t want to feel sorry for yourself. What you realize is somebody has to fill in and do the job. As much as you hate to lose guys, there’s nothing you can do about it and the season doesn’t end. You have to keep fighting on, just as they would want us to, just like they did when I went out," he said.
"I mean, there are a lot of guys who have been injured. You just have to try to fill the spot and other guys have to pick up the slack. Hopefully our execution on offense is better, that would take some pressure off the defense who have been playing great all year for us."
Brady has plenty of experience to speak from. His 14 seasons not only make him the longest-tenured Patriot on the active roster, but the longest-tenured NFL player in New England, period. He endured his own season-ending ACL tear in 2008.
On Wednesday, he talked about injuries suffered by former teammates Ty Law and Rodney Harrison.
In every instance, the Patriots moved on. And they figured out ways to win.
"I’ve just been fortunate to be here and see my way through a lot of it and try to be a good example," he said, "be a good leader and certainly try to play well, that’s the number one thing.
"That’s how you probably stick around, is play as best you can. We’ve been lucky to be here and play in a place that I really love to play for a team I really love to play for."