CHICAGO IL - DECEMBER 12: Kahlil Bell #32 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Devin McCourty #32 of the New England Patriots at Soldier Field on December 12 2010 in Chicago Illinois. The Patriots beat the Bears 36-7. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Devin McCourty's Rib Injury Forces Him To Miss Second Half Of Bears Game

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Devin McCourty's Status Still Unknown Following Sunday's Rib Injury

There's still no word on the severity of Devin McCourty's rib injury suffered during the second quarter of Sunday's dominating win over the Bears -- the team hasn't commented on it since the post-game press conferences, and all McCourty said was that he was "OK" and "alright," likely at the instruction of the Patriots. From the Globe's Greg Bedard

Loved how McCourty sprinted out of the locker room before media got in, I presume, on orders.

Don't care if team won't let him talk about his injury, but I would like to know about the three spectacular plays he bad before going out.

But the rookie cornerback is voicing his appreciation the warm wishes from fans. 

Thanks for everyone support...it's much appreciatedless than a minute ago via Echofon

 

If McCourty is sidelined for any length of time, it'd certainly be a blow to the quickly improving Patriots' defense. McCourty leads the team with six interceptions and is third with 67 tackles. Darius Butler, a second-year player out of UConn, is McCourty's back-up. The Patriots' Friday signing of free agent CB Chevis Jackson may be more valuable than even they originally realized. 

Indeed, even in limited playing time Sunday, McCourty made his impact felt, most notably early in the second quarter when he forced a fumble that was picked up by Gary Guyton for a touchdown that gave the Patriots a 21-0 lead and essentially put the game away (jump ahead to the :45 mark).

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Devin McCourty's Rib Injury Forces Him To Miss Second Half Of Bears Game

Cornerback Devin McCourty left Sunday's win over the Chicago Bears in the second quarter with what is being called a rib injury. He did not return. 

The good news is that after the game, he told the Globe's Monique Walker that he was "alright," while telling the Herald's Karen Guregian he was "OK." The bad news is that the significance of the injury is not yet known. All Bill Belichick would say after the game was that the medical staff did not clear McCourty to play the second half.

"His injury, or anybody else's injury, is all the same. It's up to the medical department -- if they clear a player to play. If they don't, he doesn't," Belichick said.

McCourty made the tackle and forced fumble on a Johnny Knox reception early in the second quarter that allowed Gary Guyton to scoop up the loose ball and take it back for a score, making it 21-0 at the time.

McCourty, a rookie out of Rutgers, has quickly become the Patriots' top corner this season, and one of the defense's standout players. He leads the team with six interceptions (tied for second-most in the NFL) and is third with 67 tackles. 

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