The 2013 New England Patriots are a team already decimated by injuries, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Now their best special teams player, one of the best in the business, will be on the sideline for a while as well.
Matthew Slater has a broken wrist and will be out 4-6 weeks. While he is very rarely used as a receiver, Slater is a team captain who excels on kick-off and punt coverage.
This marks Slater's third season as a captain. He has also been elected to the last two pro bowls for his outstanding work on special teams (he even got some reps at receiver in the last one). Karen Guregian reports that Marquice Cole and Nate Ebner are likely candidates to fill in for Slater during his absence.