Per Jeff Howe’s tweets below, it looks like it’s now official, no Armond Armstead or Mark Harrison this year.
On Harrison it’s probably good to give him a red shirt year. He was never healthy coming into camp and as we all know it takes time for receivers to pick up the system. He’ll be one to watch in camp as no other receiver has his size and speed on the roster.
Armstead is a real disappointment and no one seems to know what happened. Most were penciling him in as the top sub-rusher next to Wilfork this season, and everything looked okay until he suddenly was put on the PUP for what was called an “infection”.
How did he get the infection? Was it related to his heart issues that caused him to miss time in college? Nobody seems to know.
It’s even more disappointing because after the injuries to Wilfork and Kelly, the Pats really could’ve used some reinforcements along the defensive line. Hopefully the real story comes out eventually. It’s probably more likely to now that his season is over.
So yeah, more bad news. Anyone getting used to this yet?
Heard from the NFL that NFI players (Armstead, Harrison) must begin practice by “day after the conclusion of the 11th reg-season weekend.”— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 20, 2013
Since that day was yesterday and neither Armstead nor Harrison practiced today, their seasons are officially over.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) November 20, 2013
Yet another buzz kill in a season filled with them so far. I try to never look ahead, but it will be nice to get all these guys back and healthy next summer. There will be a lot to be excited about. Now it’s just a matter of putting together as many wins as possible and giving it everything they’ve got over the next two-and-a-half months.
|—||Armond Armstead is yet to return to the field, but New England Patriots teammates say he ‘knows his stuff’ in meeting rooms | masslive.com|
Really hope we see Armstead next week…
Armstead going on PUP due to “non-football illness” is certainly a bit of a buzz kill for most of us who were simply penciling him in as the top interior pass rushers in the sub defense. Will be interesting to see if this is related to the heart attack he had at USC, and how long it might affect him.
Good stuff from Frenz on my favorite topic…
In 2010 (Wright’s last year, with just 320 defensive snaps), the Patriots leaned on 543 snaps from defensive tackle Gerard Warren, along with a rotation of Ron Brace (285 snaps), Brandon Deaderick (258) and Myron Pryor (242).
In 2011, Vince Wilfork played 1,173 snaps and Kyle Love played 696 snaps. Shaun Ellis was largely ineffective in 421 snaps, and Deaderick saw his snap total rise to 383. Gerard Warren (371) continued to contribute, as well. Albert Haynesworth (134) was released after eight games.
In 2012, Wilfork (1,041) and Love (591) once again carried a significant load. The Patriots utilized defensive end Jermaine Cunningham (487) as an interior pass-rusher in some nickel packages. Deaderick (467) once again saw his snap total increase. Defensive ends Justin Francis (301) and Trevor Scott (289) were the only other defensive linemen to carry a significant workload in 2012.
Okay color me officially hot and bothered about Armond Armstead. From everything I’ve read and posted about it him it’s clear he *could be* exactly what this defense needs, and exactly what I’ve been preaching about for two-plus years.