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Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:05 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2011 8:10 pm
 
Ochocinco's stint in New England can kindly be described as uneventful. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Any other year and this might affect the offensive game plan but in 2011, with the Patriots, it really isn't more than a footnote to an interesting Week 12 matchup between New England and Philadelphia: wide receiver Chad Ochocinco won't play against the Eagles because of a hamstring injury, the team announced Saturday night. 

Ochocinco, acquired from the Bengals via a trade prior to training camp, has been active for the Patriots' previous 10 games, although you wouldn't know it to look at the stat sheet. He has just 11 receptions for 201 yards on the year, and is still looking for his first touchdown. He has yet to catch more than two passes in a game with the Patriots, and on three occasions he even didn't register a reception.

It's been a tough season for Ochocinco, who was supposed to give New England a deep threat. Head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have both defended the wide receiver at various points this season, but there's no denying that he's been a huge disappointment. Not nearly as disappointing as Albert Haynesworth, but certainly nothing to get excited about, either.

Ochocinco's absence could mean more opportunities for Taylor Price. Safety Patrick Chung, cornerback Devin McCourty, and center Dan Connelly have also been ruled out for New England.

The Eagles secondary, meanwhile, has its own problems. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a long shot to play and Nnamdi Asomugha is questionable after suffering a knee injury during practice this week. Philly will also be without wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and quarterback Michael Vick, which means Vince Young will make his second consecutive start.


This Sunday, the New England Patriots will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Who will come out on top? NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz preview this game. Watch the game on CBS at 4:15 PM ET.

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Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

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Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

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Since: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 2:30 am
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Has anyone heard which name he will use when he is inducted to the hall of fame?



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:46 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Meanwhile Carson Palmer looks just fine out in Oakland.  If you were forced to play with Ocho Stinko you'd retire too.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Belichick is defending Ocho because he wanted him and doesn't want to look like he made a bad move.



Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:21 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Wait! Ochocinco plays for the Patriots? Since when?



Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:17 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Perhaps he should change his name to reflect his current value - Chad Grandegordocero



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 10:04 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Not like they will notice the difference anyway.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 9:15 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Still surprised he's not doing better, weird. Brady is babying him because they'll need him to step up if they're going to go far in the playoffs.



Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: November 26, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Pats WR Chad Ochocinco won't play against Eagles

Ochostinko.  His 5 minutes of fame are up, thank goodness.



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