Found October 16, 2013 on NESN.com:
FOXBORO, Mass. – If there was such thing after six weeks of the season, Aqib Talib would undoubtedly be the Patriots’ team MVP. The cornerback has shut down Julio Jones, Roddy White, A.J. Green and Jimmy Graham in subsequent weeks. He made a game-saving play in the final seconds against the Falcons and has solidified the Patriots’ secondary with the help of his fellow defensive backs. Tom Brady may be the most irreplaceable player in New England, but Talib is a not-so-distant second. That’s why Talib’s absence at practice on Wednesday is huge news. Talib reinjured his hip against the Saints. Missing time during the season would be nothing new for the former Buccaneer. He’s never played a full 16-game slate. Losing Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo is massive for the Patriots, not only for their on-field play, but from a leadership perspective, as well. Talib may not have the experience or leadership of a Wilfork or Mayo, but it’s obvious from seeing him in the locker room and out on the fie
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