The Patriots help continue the NFL’s foray into London Sunday, limping into their Week 8 contest against the St. Louis Rams in desperate need to get healthy.
The Patriots will be without starters Aaron Hernandez, Patrick Chung, and Steve Gregory, pressing on with a makeshift secondary. Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson will man the safety positions for the second straight week while rookie Alfonzo Dennard will likely start in McCourty’s place at cornerback.
The Patriots enter the week coming off a 29-26 overtime win over the New York Jets while the Rams are coming off two straight losses, including a 30-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers and a 17-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
The Rams have beaten two previous opponents of the Patriots, including the Seattle Seahawks in Week 4 and the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5. Both of those teams defeated the Patriots.
Here are the details for today’s game:
Kickoff: 1 p.m. ET
Records: Patriots 4-3; Rams 3-4.
TV/Radio info: CBS (Jim Nantz, Phil Simms); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Gil Santos, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Wes Welker, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Brandon Lloyd, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Daniel Fells.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork DT Kyle Love, RDE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont’a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Alfonzo Dennard, CB Kyle Arrington, S Tavon Wilson, S Devin McCourty.
Rams offense: WR Brandon Gibson, LT Joe Barksdale, LG Shelley Smith, C Rob Turner, RG Harvey Dahl, RT Barry Richardson, TE Lance Kendricks, WR Chris Givens, QB Sam Bradford, FB Brit Miller, HB Steven Jackson.
Rams defense: LDE Chris Long, LDT Kendall Langford, RDT Michael Brockers, RDE Robert Quinn, SLB Rocky McIntosh, MLB James Laurinaitis, WLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, LCB Cortland Finnegan, RCB Janoris Jenkins, FS Craig Dahl, SS Quintin Mikell.
Patriots: Steve Gregory (hip), Brandon Bolden (knee), Tracy White (foot), Aaron Hernandez (ankle), Ras-I Dowling (injured reserve), Trevor Scott (hamstring), and Patrick Chung (shoulder).