Still, any more injuries to starters could be costly with backups adjusting to playing with regulars.
“The defense is the defense,” Cole said. “Some guys have certain tools that they’re better at than other players, but the defense isn’t going to change. So if you learn the defense and if your number’s called, you’ve got to step up in whatever that role may be.”
Meanwhile, the Patriots are in good shape to win the weak AFC East for the 10th time in 11 years.
“We’re at a decent place in our division,” Brady said. “Would we love to be 8-0? Sure. So would every other team in the NFL. We’re 6-2. We’re fighting through it.”