Injuries have been a problem for the Patriots, but quarterback Tom Brady knows there is little sympathy around the NFL.
“No one really feels sorry for the Patriots and we’re going to have to go out and try to win regardless,” Brady said during his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan program.
The biggest injury yet came on Sunday when the Patriots lost defensive tackle Vince Wilfork to an Achilles’ injury that will likely sideline him for the season.
“It’s a such a disappointment to lose him. He’s irreplaceable and we’ll have to find a way to collectively as a team fill the void,” Brady said. “Injuries are a part of the game but the season-ending ones are tough to swallow.”
A 30-23 victory over the Falcons Sunday improved the Patriots to 4-0.
“Our team has found ways to improve over the course of these few weeks … that’s really the trademark of a Bill Belichick-coached team,” Brady said.
Sunday’s win in Atlanta featured a stellar performance from cornerback Aqib Talib, who leads the league with four interceptions in the first four games and also has a forced fumble and seven passes defended.
“I go against him every day and he has a unique combination of size and speed,” Brady said. “He’s so hard to throw over the top of with his reach and wingspan. When you make a mistake, you pay.”
The Patriots await the return of star tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has missed the first four games as he continues to rehab from offseason back and arm surgery.
“He comes out and does whatever the team has asked of him. He’s been able to practice and we’re trying to work him back in,” said Brady of Gronkowski. “Who knows what level he’ll be back at?”