Originally posted on The Rap Sheet  |  Last updated 10/17/11
Lost amid the Patriots dramatic 20-16 win over the Cowboys was the non-existent role of much-discussed WR Chad Ochocinco. He played fewer than 10 snaps, was targeted just once and had no catches. On one third-quarter play, QB Tom Brady tried to find him, but Brady threw it outside, Ochocinco broke inside, the ball fell to the turf, and Brady had a really sour look on his face. That was it for Ochocinco. While the offense pulled off a last-second win, Ochocinco watched from the sidelines with his helmet on. It was the first time he was held without a catch while being active since Jan. 3, 2o10. Just six times in his long career has Ochocinco been held catch-less, with just two of the times coming after Sept. 29, 2002. The team was mostly in two-tight end sets, featuring Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski, who combined for 15 catches and 142 yards. He hasn’t supplanted WRs Wes Welker or Deion Branch. So, he’s kinda stuck. With the starters barely coming off the field, Ochocinco hasn’t...
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