What's Buzzing:

Shutdown Corner

Patriots trade for two defensive linemen, including Packers' Jerel Worthy

Eric Edholm
Shutdown Corner

The New England Patriots, seeking to bolster their injury-compromised defensive line, pulled off two trades to help bolster the unit. The biggest name coming to Foxborough is Jerel Worthy, a former second-round pick, from the Green Bay Packers.

Several outlets reported that the Patriots will ship a late-round pick, likely in 2015, to Green Bay for Worthy if he makes the team.

[ Smack talk season is back at Yahoo Sports: Sign up and play free Fantasy Football!]

The Patriots already have Tommy Kelly (ACL) and Vince Wilfork (Achilles) coming off major injuries last season, and their first-round pick, Dominique Easley, suffered a torn ACL early last season and was just activated from the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. In addition, Sealver Siliga (left hand) and Chris Jones (left ankle), who were expected to be in the DT rotation, are dealing with injuries now. 

The Packers traded up for Worthy, a unanimous All-American defensive lineman at Michigan State, in 2012 with the No. 51 pick overall. He got off to a promising start as a rookie before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in the finale that year. Worthy then missed a big chunk of the 2013 season and is coming off back surgery from April, which has kept him out of action all of training camp.

Worthy will need to pass a physical for the trade to go through. He likely would play inside in the Patriots' scheme at tackle, having played end in the Packers' 3-4 system.

The Patriots also sent cornerback Justin Green to the Dallas Cowboys for defensive tackle Ben Bass, a rare player-for-player swap in the middle of training camp. Green has promise but couldn't crack the Patriots' deep cornerback crop. Bass has been set back by injuries in Dallas, including a shoulder injury last year and a hamstring problem this summer.

The last time the Patriots made two different trades on the same day was also in training camp — July 29, 2011. That was the day they acquired Albert Haynesworth from the Washington Redskins and Chad Johnson (then Ochocinco) from the Cincinnati Bengals. This twin-trade day doesn't have the same name-value oomph as that one, but the Patriots have to hope it turns out better than either of those two 2011 moves did.

- - - - - - -

Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Australia quick Pattinson fit but rules out test return

      Australia quick Pattinson fit but rules out test return

      Australia fast bowler James Pattinson is ready to return to cricket next month after being out of action since February due to injury but has ruled out playing tests this year. The right-arm quick returned from injury in the second test against New … More »

      Reuters - 19 minutes ago
    • Klopp hits back at doubters for questioning Liverpool defence

      Klopp hits back at doubters for questioning Liverpool defence

      (Reuters) - Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has said that he is losing respect for critics who continue to question his side's defensive frailties. Liverpool overcame a nervy finish to beat West Brom 2-1 on Saturday, but Gareth McAuley's late goal … More »

      Reuters - 21 minutes ago
    • Bangladesh hope Chittagong marks a test turning point

      While their limited-overs side have already savoured victories over the world's top sides, Bangladesh cricket hopes their narrow defeat to England over five days in Chittagong will be a watershed moment for the test team. Bangladesh sent England … More »

      Reuters - 49 minutes ago
    • Finnish minnows IFK Mariehamn win league title

      Finnish minnows IFK Mariehamn hailed their team spirit and work ethic after capturing a stunning first league championship in a thrilling climax to the season. Dubbed "mini-Leicester" by local media in a salute to last season's surprise English … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 7 minutes ago
    • Wilshere keen to make most of loan spell at Bournemouth

      Wilshere keen to make most of loan spell at Bournemouth

      (Reuters) - Jack Wilshere said he was stepping outside his comfort zone when he joined Bournemouth in August but feels eager to make major strides during his loan spell after a string of injuries stunted the midfielder's progress at Arsenal. Once … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 24 minutes ago