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Bad News of the Day: Matthew Slater Breaks Hand

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In today's edition of "Bad News for the Patriots", we hear some unfortunate news about special teams stud Matthew Slater.

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And the hits keep piling on. The best special teams player in the AFC- the one who is so good that Rex Ryan didn't even bother to put a return man on the field for a couple of punts- looks to have a broken bone in his hand, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. His availability for the upcoming game against the Buccaneers is in questions.

Slater might not have as crucial of a role on the offense like losing Shane Vereen, or what might have been impacted on defense should Alfonzo Dennard be suspended, but Slater's value to the team runs deep. He's a team captain and he's a leader on and off the field. Not having him on special teams would be a big hit that the team really can't afford to have in a game of inches.

Of course, what's another drop of rain in a storm cloud?