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Change in defensive alignment possible as injuries mount
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(Foxboro-AP) -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he may consider altering the team�s defensive strategy due to a rash of early-season injuries.

Belichick instituted a �three-four� defense in training camp, which utilizes three down linemen and four linebackers. He was hoping the new set-up would put more pressure on the quarterback and help shore up the team�s run defense, which was among the worst in the NFL last season.

But after losing nose tackle Ted Washington and linebackers Rosevelt Colvin, Ted Johnson and Mike Vrabel to injuries, Belichick may be forced to revert to the more standard �four-three� alignment, at least for the time being. He plans to discuss the situation with defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel over the next few days.

The Patriots players are off today, but those still healthy enough to practice will return to Foxboro tomorrow to begin preparing for Sunday�s road game against the Washington Redskins.



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