The game that was supposed to provide the Patriots defense with the their toughest test just got easier. Significantly easier.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roesthlisberger suffered a knee injury in Sunday's 30-15 loss to the Dolphins, and according to multiple reports, the injury is a torn meniscus. He'll have surgery on Monday, according to Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and he will miss Week 7 when the Patriots travel to Heinz Field.
The Patriots are in the middle of what appeared to be the most difficult stretch of their season when the schedule was released. After beating the Bengals to move to 5-1, they head to Pittsburgh, then play at Buffalo. Following their bye week, the Seahawks then will visit Foxboro.
Of all those games, Pittsburgh (4-2) on the road was arguably the toughest. If Roethlisberger misses the game and Landry Jones takes over, the Steelers offense becomes much less explosive. In seven games last season, Jones completed 58 percent of his passes for 513 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.