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Hip has Colvin next in line to go down

Results incomplete, but he may have had dislocation

FOXBOROUGH -- Nothing can destroy good karma in the NFL more than injuries to key players. It happened last week with the loss of Ted Johnson to a broken foot. Against the Eagles Sunday, Rosevelt Colvin, the prize catch in free agency, sustained a left hip injury, though there was no official word on the severity.

The Patriots patched up the linebacking in Sunday's 31-10 victory in Philadelphia, getting strong play from replacements Willie McGinest (for Colvin) and Roman Phifer (for Johnson). They also used Matt Chatham and Larry Izzo late in the game, and one or both might become more involved this week.

Colvin was shaken up in the first quarter and helped off the field. He did not return to the game. He had X-rays taken at Lincoln Financial Field and more tests done in Boston.

Quarterback Tom Brady, who had an ice pack around his right elbow after the game, said yesterday that he was fine. He said he had a few bumps and bruises but nothing that would keep him from playing Sunday.

Coach Bill Belichick said seven or eight players had issues with cramping because of the heat and humidity in Philadelphia but it was nothing serious. He would not get into Colvin's injury.

"A lot of times what happens the day after the game, as we all know, is things that look serious on Sunday don't look as serious on Monday," he said. "Some things that don't look serious on Sunday could be a little bit more of a problem on Monday. We take a look at them. We do whatever the medical process that needs to be done is and reevaluate them accordingly.

"Sometimes you just don't know for 24, 48, to sometimes 72 hours what the situation is. I am not trying to give you the runaround. I am not saying we don't have any injuries. I can't tell you right now more than the doctors and the trainers can tell me exactly what it is or exactly what we are dealing with.

"Obviously McGinest stepped in and played an outstanding game. He was very disruptive and productive in the game. He played a lot and played well."

Hungry heart Damien Woody, who was a game-time scratch with a sternum injury, was able to give fellow Boston College Eagle Dan Koppen a few tips about starting at center in the NFL. "He did pretty well, man," said Woody, who vowed to return for the Jets game. "They were bringing a lot of blitzes. I'd say for the most part we did a pretty good job picking up the blitz and we were out there making plays. Everybody that comes out of BC is hungry. He's done a good job, whatever the coaches have asked him to do." . . . Long snapper Lonie Paxton made an uncharacteristically high snap to holder Ken Walter on a field goal attempt by Adam Vinatieri in the first quarter that resulted in a fumble. After watching the film, Paxton took half the blame. "It wasn't over his head," said Paxton. "It didn't hit the ground and roll back. I pride myself on consistency. It slipped through Ken's hands and I take half the blame for that. We just have to work on it. I knew they were loading up on me to rush, and on the play before, I had a little cut on my hand, it was bleeding everywhere. All the blood was kind of screwing up the grip and I overcompensated." . . . Koppen said learning he would start only an hour before game time was good "in the sense that I didn't get nervous all week. I kept my nerves in check at least for an hour. A lot of guys were joking with me before the game. They knew I was a little nervous, so that helped."

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