According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s league sources, New England Patriots’ safety Steve Gregory has a broken thumb.
Gregory, who was injured in the Patriots’ 55-31 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, will be out for a “few weeks.”
Despite that report, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe believes Gregory could return by the Patriots’ next game, a Monday night contest with the Carolina Panthers on November 18.
The Patriots have a bye this week.
Gregory, who played with the San Diego Chargers from 2006 through 2011, signed with the Patriots as a free agent before the 2012 season. He’s appeared in 21 total games with the team, including 19 starts.
This season, in nine games, Gregory has 52 tackles and two passes defensed.
Rookie safety Duron Harmon filled in for Gregory Sunday and will likely continue to do so. Harmon, a third round pick of the Patriots (91st overall) was a bit of a surprise when he was drafted. However, Harmon has played fairly well in limited action. He has eight total tackles and two interceptions with each of them coming in the last two games.