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What Happens In the Patriots' Secondary?

Will the Patriots need help in the secondary? (Jim Rogash/ Getty Images)
Will the Patriots need help in the secondary? (Jim Rogash/ Getty Images)
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Safety James Sanders has been hobbled with a hamstring injury over the past couple of weeks, despite having full participation in practice in the past couple days.

Safety Jarrad Page did not practice yesterday with a calf injury and may be a day-to-day decision on game day.

Cornerback Kyle Arrington was limited in practice with a groin injury, but should be healthy for the game.

Cornerback Terrence Wheatley is still recovering from a pre-season injury.

The Patriots still have plenty of weapons in the secondary, with Devin McCourty, Darius Butler and Jonathan Wilhite at cornerback and Pat Chung and Brandon Meriweather at safety, but the secondary is already in need of some extra patch-work.

I'm surprised that the Patriots didn't try and find a way to get safety Sergio Brown on 53 man roster, perhaps by displacing running back Thomas Clayton. The Patriots need some depth in the secondary, but maybe they're seeing if they can survive a week of injuries without having to move players on the roster. Maybe the injury to Page isn't too serious and he can return soon. Maybe. The bottom line is that the secondary is injured and players need to step up.

It's just my belief that the Patriots may want an additional safety on the roster to counter the Chargers' offensive style. They like to throw to their tight ends and running backs, which is why a roaming safety can be a lot of help. However, with the injuries to San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and wide receivers Malcom Floyd, Legadu Naanee and Buster Davis, the Patriots may believe the offense of the Chargers will vary from its regular offensive style.

Of course, the Patriots may want to bolster their linebacking core if they believe the Chargers will be running the ball a lot. We may be seeing some 4-3-4 defense against the Chargers in order to prevent the run and watch throws to the tight end.

So are the Patriots happy with the secondary's depth, even with the injuries? How are you, as fans, comfortable with the secondary depth with injuries?