The defending Super Bowl Champions have had a rash of injuries this season and with each passing week, more and more pile up. From injuries to the offensive line, to injuries to the offensive skill positions, the Patriots have had to deal with a lot this year and still stand at 12-2 and in great position to secure the number one seed in the AFC. The question, however, is will these injuries catch up to New England?

(Steven Senne / AP)
(Steven Senne / AP)

In my opinion, the answer is no. The team should be getting the majority of their injured players back starting with starting wide receiver, Julian Edelman. Fellow wide receiver Danny Amendola has also been hit with injuries as of late, but should be ready to go when the playoffs begin. The running back position has endured a lot of injuries this season starting with Dion Lewis and ending with LaGarrette Blount, who are both out for the season. The team did, however, sign veteran running back Steven Jackson earlier Monday morning so that position should be fine considering the type of offense that the team runs. New England has also played the majority of the season without their two best linebackers on the field at the same time, as both Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower have missed games this year. Also, the team has injuries to the at safety as starter Devin McCourty left the game two weeks ago with an ankle injury and did not play last week. His injury, however is not supposed to affect his ability to return in the postseason. Another safety, Patrick Chung, left the game this past week, but it is not known what the extent is of his injury. The Patriots have also had to deal with injuries on the defensive line as Dominique Easley is out for the season and Jabaal Sheard missed a few games earlier in the season. The team’s injured list is long, but most should be back in time to help the team in their pursuit to another title.

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Although the Patriots are pretty banged up right now, they have already secured a first round bye in the playoffs which will give the team an extra week to get healthy before opening up their postseason in Gillette Stadium in the divisional round.

Colby Gatz covers the New England Patriots for MFST, and you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15

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