Pats' 'D' stretched thin without Haynesworth

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Pats' 'D' stretched thin without Haynesworth

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
BUFFALO - After the Patriots' season-opening win over Miami, Albert Haynesworth and Vince Wilfork both credited the depth on the defensive line as being the reason New England didn't wilt. Just two weeks later, that depth has been carved into. Sunday in Buffalo, the Patriots will deal with an explosive Bills offensewithout the services of Haynesworth, third-year man Myron Pryor or Mike Wright. Haynesworth, who started having back issues during the week, was downgraded to out Saturday night. Pryor, meanwhile,was placed on IR with a shoulder injury and Wright has been down since suffering a concussion in theopener at the Dolphins. This leaves the Patriots very thin against a Bills offense that's been getting a ton on the ground (running back Fred Jackson's got 229 yards on the ground in two games). Vince Wilfork, Kyle Love, Shaun Ellis andLandon Cohen are about the extent of it inside. This could lead the Patriots to look at a little 3-man front against the Bills. New England's been racked by under-the-radar, non-skill-positioninjuries so far this season on the offensive and defensive lines and in the secondary. This is a huge test for New England.

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