Don’t expect Patriots cornerback Chad Scott to put on the pads for the team this season. According to David Heuschkel of the Hartford Courant, the Patriots placed Scott on injured reserve (IR) list on Monday with a knee injury; this means that he will miss the entire 2007 season. Scott injured his knee on Friday when he leaped to deflect a pass and landed awkwardly on the knee. His spot will more than likely be taken over by fellow CB Randall Gay.
It is the second time that Scott has gone on the IR list since he signed with the team back in April of 2005; that year he sustained a season-ending shoulder injury in his third game of that season. Gay, while probably happy that he will get more opportunities to play because of this incident, also is suffering some angst. As he stated to the Courant, “That really hurt me. Chad is such a good person and such a hard worker, one of the biggest competitors on the team. To see him go down on a play that he was untouched and he was really looking forward to this season, it’s tough on us because as a DB group we’re together so much. We’re with each other a lot more than we are with our families. So it’s just like we are a family. To see him get hurt, it hurts all of us.”
How Scott’s injury affects the Patriots at this point remains unclear, but I suspect that Gay and other personnel in the current Patriots secondary on their roster will have to step it up a notch. I also do not expect the Patriots to go looking for a free agent at this point either. As financially conservative as the team is, I don’t expect that to happen. So this is pretty much going to be a “promote from within” type of situation. The team has dealt with this type of adversity before (successfully I might add) and they will probably do so again.