Nine Remain Questionable
Harrison's Season Status Uncertain
This much we know: Safefy Rodney Harrison's shoulder blade is broken.
That's about it.
It's too bad, because Harrison worked incredibly hard, unbelievably hard, to return from a triple ligament tear in his knee at the beginning of last season, barely making it back in time to start this season. And now this.
Harrison had a similar injury when he was playing for San Diego and missed eight games, but how similar this break is to that one is unclear. Head coach Bill Belichick was typically noncommittal and would say only that Harrison would miss this week, that recovery time for similar injuries suffered by other athletes including NFL players are variable, and that he hopes Harrison will be back as soon as possible.
You can hope that the Patriots reluctance to place Harrison on injured reserve is a good sign, but we've seen in the past with players like Ty Law that New England maintains optimism for indeterminate periods of time. Harrison's knee injury last year was different. This is charcoal gray at best.
In the meantime, the Patriots will do what they did last year: piece together a secondary and hope for the best. But remember this, as good as he is, Harrison has missed a lot of playing time the last couple years and he's not getting any younger. It's not nearly time to cut ties, but it would be wise to reevaluate the Patriots and Harrison's situation and reset reasonable expectations.
Elsewhere on the injury report, it's mostly the same names, including rookie running back Laurence Maroney, who was added to the list late last week and remains "questionable." The rest are a Noah's Ark of defensive linemen, offensive linemen, tight ends, and defensive backs.
New England Patriots (6-2)
SS Rodney Harrison out (Shoulder)
TE Daniel Graham questionable (Ankle)
CB Ellis Hobbs questionable (Wrist)
C Russ Hochstein questionable (Knee)
RB Laurence Maroney questionable (Ankle)
TE Garrett Mills questionable (Thigh)
G Steve Neal questionable (Shoulder)
DE Richard Seymour questionable (Elbow)
DE Ty Warren questionable (Shoulder)
FS Eugene Wilson questionable (Hamstring)
QB Tom Brady probable (Shoulder)
New York Jets (4-4)
FB B.J. Askew questionable (Foot)
CB David Barrett questionable (Hip)
WR Laveranues Coles questionable (Calf)
WR Tim Dwight questionable (Thigh)
RB Cedric Houston questionable (Knee)
WR Justin McCareins questionable (Foot)
RB Kevan Barlow probable (Calf)
OLB Matt Chatham probable (Foot)
CB Andre Dyson probable (Ankle)
G Pete Kendall probable (Knee)
QB Chad Pennington probable (Calf)
QB Patrick Ramsey probable (Thigh)