The New England Patriots have faced a pair of disappointing season-ending injuries over the past week. Veterans Torry Holt and Ty Warren have both been placed on injured reserve and neither will see any time in 2010.
Holt's injury is less of a letdown than Warren's. The Patriots are stacked with youth at wide receiver. It's unclear whether the Patriots would have even kept him on the roster, or if he would have been cut by the end of preseason. Now, it's unclear whether the future Hall-of-Fame receiver will retire or return in 2011.
Warren's is a much bigger loss for the Patriots, who rely heavily on their defensive linemen to collapse the pocket and hold down their blockers. He had missed a bunch of time over the past few seasons, so the Patriots have gotten used to life without Warren, but that doesn't make it any easier.
As Ty Warren steps off the field and under the knife, who will step up for New England?