Posted by Josh Katzowitz
The big news on Friday came when the Patriots surprisingly waived Leigh Bodden. The speculation behind the transaction was that Bodden might have gotten old very quickly or that the coaches wanted to try out some younger players in the secondary – which contributes mightily to the team placing 32nd in the NFL in defense – or that he simply wasn’t a good fit on the squad.
With the loss of Bodden, it was assumed oft-injured rookie Ras-I Dowling would receive some playing time, but the Patriots had another surprise for us Saturday by announcing that they had placed Dowling on the IR list, ending his season.
Dowling had missed much of training camp with a hamstring injury, and lately, he’s been dealing with a hip injury. As ESPN Boston points out, the Dowling move leaves Devin McCourty, Kyle Arrington, Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams at cornerback for New England. Already plagued with the worst pass defense in the league, it’s hard to fathom that quartet improving the team enough to get the defense out of the basement of the league.
Which makes the move to waive Bodden just kind of strange. The entire last two days of Patriots transactions has been, well, a head-scratcher.
Or as the Boston Herald put it, “It is amazing, I must say, to release Leigh Bodden, then place Ras-I Dowling on IR the next day. Very confusing.”
UPDATED (5:11 p.m. ET): The Boston Herald reports Dowling's injury is a torn tendon in his leg -- which caused the pain in his hip. No surgery is needed, but he'd need four weeks to heal and then another few to get back in football shape before returning. That's why New England decided to end his season now.
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