Bummer, was really looking forward to see what Armstead brought, especially last year when he was possibly going to be our interior pass rush problems. Now, with Easley in the fold, there was less of a make-or-break feeling around Armstead. Unfortunate that his career has ended like this.
Nice long look at the enigma that is Armond Armstead. Sounds like Armstead is really having a rough go of it, but until we see him on the practice field again it’s probably best to lower our expectations. Hopefully he can recover from whatever he’s dealing with and make it back out there for training camp.
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.