Aug 22, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (87) gets away from New England Patriots strong safety Adrian Wilson (24) in the second quarter of a preseason game at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots place safety Adrian Wilson on IR

Amidst the neverending sea of roster moves on Saturday, the New England Patriots snuck in a surprising move.

The team placed veteran safety Adrian Wilson on injured reserve, and they did so despite his appearance in the final three preseason games for New England. It was widely known that the former Arizona Cardinals star was battling a hamstring problem, but it is certainly a surprise to see him placed on IR, effectively ending his season (and potentially his career) in New England.

Wilson is a 12-year veteran who used to be a perennial Pro Bowler with the Cardinals, and it was thought that he could bring some stability to the sometimes dreadful Pats secondary. It’ll be very interesting to see how New England plans to fill that void, but honestly, it may be more pressing to examine whether Wilson was actually injured or simply ineffective enough where the Pats wanted to place him on IR instead of releasing him.

Either way, New England is down another defensive back and the heat is on Bill Belichick and company to patch another hole. Fortunately for them, Tom Brady is still alive and kicking, and that offense covers up for many, many sins that the defense commits.

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