FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (Oct. 6, 2005) -- The New England Patriots might be without three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour for their Oct. 9 game in Atlanta.
Seymour was not on the field Oct. 5 or Oct. 6 during the time the media was allowed to view practice. He was listed as questionable on injury report.
Two weeks ago in Pittsburgh, safety Rodney Harrison suffered a season-ending knee injury. Left tackle Matt Light is lost indefinitely with an injured ankle, and third-down running back Kevin Faulk is out with an injured foot. Cornerbacks Tyrone Poole and Randall Gay both have been sidelined with ankle injuries with Poole missing the last three games and Gay missing the last two.
Now, reeling from a 41-17 home loss to the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 2, the Patriots (2-2) now might have to face the Falcons' top-ranked rushing offense without Seymour.
Coach Bill Belichick said there likely would be some "game-time decisions" on the injured players.
Seymour appeared to be hurt while playing goal-line fullback against the Chargers. He was the lead blocker on Corey Dillon 's 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, and Dillon landed on top of him in the end zone.
The Patriots' medical staff attended to Seymour on the sideline. He missed the next defensive series before returning to the game.
The rash of injuries follows the offseason losses of inside linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Ted Johnson, plus the free-agent departure of cornerback Ty Law. Bruschi has said he will sit out the season while recovering from a stroke he suffered in February. Johnson retired on the eve of training camp, citing the cumulative effect of a series of concussions.