posted on Jan, 7 2005 @ 04:24 PM
The New England Patriots placed Ty Law on injured reserve Friday and said the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback will miss the entire postseason.
The 10-year veteran missed the last nine games of the regular season after breaking his foot in an Oct. 31 game at Pittsburgh, but there was talk he
could be available for the playoffs.
"We are disappointed for Ty," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "He has worked extremely hard to return this season and we all hoped it would
Law, 30, initially was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks from the broken bone across the top of his foot. Law had a cast removed from his
foot in late November, and he later wore a removable boot to take pressure off it. The Patriots have this weekend off. The defending Super Bowl
champions will play Indianapolis in the second round of the playoffs if the Colts beat Denver on Sunday. Otherwise, the winner of Saturday's game
between the New York Jets and San Diego will visit Foxboro on Jan. 16.
Law's absence could be especially troubling if Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour is also unable to play. Seymour says his injured knee is
improving but he's still not sure if he'll be able to play in the Patriots' first playoff game. Seymour sat out last Sunday's win over San Francisco
after getting hurt in the previous Sunday against the New York Jets.
Asked if he could play this Sunday if the Patriots had a game, Seymour said he didn't want to discuss situations that won't happen.
And as if the Patriots' defense didn't have enough issues, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will spend the next few days interviewing for other
jobs. Crennel is one of the most sought-after candidates for head-coaching vacancies these days and is expected to meet with both the Niners and
Browns about their openings.