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Other teams' situations to watch

Posted by Albert Breer  July 22, 2010 09:27 AM

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The Bengals, Jets, Bills, Dolphins and Ravens will all be watching the Patriots' handling of Wes Welker, and whether or not he lands on the team's PUP list. If Welker is there at the start of the season (putting him out for the first six weeks), which seems unlikely after the spring, they'd all dodge a bullet in not having to face him.

Conversely, there are situations all of you guys can keep tabs on in regards to the teams above.

Bengals RB Cedric Benson will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York today to discuss a misdemeanor assault charge. The Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy reports that Marvin Lewis doesn't think a suspension will happen. All it would take, though, is a one-gamer to sideline Benson against the Patriots.

The next week, the Patriots face the Jets at the New Meadowlands. And they already know that they won't have to deal with New York's new playmaker, Santonio Holmes. They were also going to benefit against Miami, with Jason Ferguson to open the season on an eight-game suspension, but Ferguson's retirement made it so they wouldn't have had to worry about the big nose tackle anyway.

And then, down the line, in Week 6, it looks like the Patriots won't have to deal with Ed Reed. You all, of course, know how New England feels about him. In January, before the playoff game, Bill Belichick said, "I just think he's in a class by himself. It would be hard for me to say that anybody's another Ed Reed. He brings something to the game that's rare." Further down the line, it's possible too that the Chargers (Week 7) could still be at odds with Marcus McNeill and Vincent Jackson.

So even with camp a week away, you can see some elements of just how fluid things can be with the schedule.
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