Paging Mr. Lynch

Unfortunately, our Lynchie isn’t exactly in football shape, so it’s more likely it’s future Hall of Fame safety John Lynch, cut by the Patriots at the start of the season, who will probably be getting a phone call from Scott Pioli and Bill Belichick today.

He may be the first player asked to replace another future Hall of Fame safety in Rodney Harrison, who we learned today will miss the season after tearing his right quad as the third quarter ended in last night’s 41-7 win over Denver.

It may also be the end of Harrison’s NFL career. The 15-year veteran could be seen mouthing “I’m done” as he was carted off the field. He’s already suffered two severe knee injuries in his career. Does the 35-year old really have another long, arduous rehab in him?

Make no mistake, this is a huge blow to the Patriots defense that’s clearly lacking in playmakers. Last night’s blowout aside, the D has struggled, with the D-line getting pushed around and the defensive backs giving up big plays. At times, it’s seemed like the super aggressive Harrison and rookie Jerod Mayo are the only ones making tackles.

Now there’s pressure on the entire unit to maintain the level they played at last night. If they can, a playoff run is not out of the question.

–SI

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