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Bill Syken
October 03, 2005
The potential season-ending injuries to safety Rodney Harrison (37) and tackle Matt Light (72) were the latest in a string of blows to key Patriots players in the team's championship era. But if the three-time Super Bowl champs have shown anything during their reign, it's that they have the depth to plug holes and keep on winning. --Bill Syken
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October 03, 2005

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DATE PLAYER OUT (INJURY) PLAYER IN
Sept. 2001 QB DREW BLEDSOE (sheared blood vessel) TOM BRADY
Brady, a '00 sixth-rounder, has gone 59--15, including three Super Bowl wins, since taking over.
Sept. 2003 C DAMIEN WOODY (bruised sternum) DAN KOPPEN
2003 fifth-rounder Koppen hasn't missed a start since he stepped in that season in Week 2.
Sept. 2003 RT ADRIAN KLEMM (sprained ankle) TOM ASHWORTH
A 2001 undrafted free agent who had appeared in one game, Ashworth filled in the rest of that Super Bowl season and started the first six games of '04.
Oct. 2004 RT TOM ASHWORTH (bulging disc) BRANDON GORIN
Signed in September 2002 after the Chargers released him, Gorin started the last 10 games of the 2004 regular season and all of the postseason; he's been out this year with a thigh injury.
Oct. 2004 CB TYRONE POOLE (knee injury) RANDALL GAY
A rookie free agent in '04, Gay started nine of the team's last 11 games and led the Patriots with 11 solo tackles in the Super Bowl win over Philadelphia; he's a top backup this year.
Oct. 2004 CB TY LAW (broken foot) ASANTE SAMUEL
Samuel, a 2003 fourth-rounder, has been a starter ever since filling in for Law; his shutdown skills allowed the Patriots to let Law go in the off-season.
Feb. 2005 LB TEDY BRUSCHI (stroke) MONTY BEISEL
Signed as a free agent after Bruschi chose to sit out 2005 and assess his football future, Beisel, a former Chief, leads the Patriots in tackles this season, with 17.

The potential season-ending injuries to safety Rodney Harrison (37) and tackle Matt Light (72) were the latest in a string of blows to key Patriots players in the team's championship era. But if the three-time Super Bowl champs have shown anything during their reign, it's that they have the depth to plug holes and keep on winning. -- Bill Syken

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