Despite the hamstring injury that kept him out of Sunday’s second half against the Dolphins, cornerback Kyle Arrington might be on track to be ready for Sunday’s renewed rivalry with the Jets.
On Monday, Arrington had an MRI that confirmed beliefs that the injury is not likely to be a long-term hindrance. He then practiced on a limited basis yesterday.
Arrington admitted it was frustrating to be unable to return against the Dolphins after going down in the second quarter.
The best cure for any injury is to just post "New York" as the next opponent. Deep thigh bruises disappear. High ankle sprains are gone. The stitches will hold for another day. The ice can stay "on ice."
Newly acquired shortstop of the Boston Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez was a member of the Miami Marlins in 2007. On the final day of the regular season, the Marlins eliminated the New York Mets from playoff competition. It is regarded as one of the worst collapses in MLB history.
In 2008, the Mets and Marlins met on the final day of the season, again. Hanley Ramirez had suffered a serious leg injury in the Saturday afternoon tilt, but chose to play in Sunday's finale. " If it's New York, I'd play with a broken leg." This is from a player who has only played in 57% of his team's games in the past four seasons. It was another epic collapse for the New York Mets.
The injury report against the New York Jets has Kyle Arrington as one of 12 New England Patriots listed as (LP). Limited Participation is less than 100% of a player's normal repetitions. For the rivalry game on Sunday, all 12 will be listed as (FP). Full Participation is 100% of a player's normal repetitions.
“You always want to be out there with your guys because we do it for each other,” Arrington said. Kyle's work on the special teams resulted in a 62 yard TD return last week against the Miami Dolphins. He wouldn't want to miss out on another opportunity to perfect his less than spectacular dive into the end zone. His teammates were not impressed.
“I’d give it about a 6 1⁄2 (on a scale of 1-10) on the execution,” Matthew Slater said.
Maybe next time Arrington can work a little harder at sticking the landing to impress the judges a bit more. How about handing the ball to the referee and staying off the injury list? It's six points either way.
Paul Murphy is a freelance writer from New Hampshire.