According to Yahoo Sports‘ Michael Silver, Tom Brady is out for the season with a torn ACL. While the Pats have yet to confirm this, Brady will have an MRI today to assess the scope of the injury. In his absence, backup QB Matt Cassel and the Patriots defense stepped up.
Cassel completed 13 of 18 passes for 152 yards and a touchdown, and is projected to start his first football game since high school next Sunday. The New England running back corps combined for 126 yards, including 51 from Laurence Maroney, and 53 and a TD from Sammy Morris.
Morris, whose 2007 season was over after a sternum-clavicle injury in week 6, knows what it is like to miss significant playing time.
“I was standing right there,” said Morris in an interview with the Boston Globe‘s Bob Ryan, “and I couldn’t help him up. It’s a tough feeling, but it’s part of the game.”
The Patriots defense looked energized with the infusion of young talent to go with the veteran defenders. Rookie Jerod Mayo registered 6 tackles and seemed like he was involved in every defensive play. With the Chiefs down 7 on the NE 5 yard line, the Pats defense held on to break up 3 Damon Huard passes and stuff a Larry Johnson run for no gain to end it.
Former Tampa Bay QBs Chris Simms and Tim Rattay will be working out with the Patriots today, who are likely shopping for a veteran to back up Cassel. While the situation looks dire, the last time the Patriots lost a starting QB, their untested backup (Brady in 2001) worked out pretty well.
The Patriots will travel to Jersey to play the Jets at 4:15pm next Sunday, September 14th.