FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Defensive end Bertrand Berry, along with the majority of the firstteam defense, was still on the field late in the first half Saturday night for the Cardinals. It could be a costly decision.
Berry, the Cards’ top pass rusher, was bent back over his knees on a block by New England’s Matt Light during Corey Dillon’s touchdown run with 1:20 left in the second quarter. Berry hurt his left knee and was down a few minutes before walking off under his own power.
Doctors continued to check Berry’s knee after he came out of the game and he will officially have an MRI exam today, but he said he is fine.
“It looked worse than what it was,” Berry said. “It was a scary moment. But we are all right, and looking forward to getting back out there.”
Berry chuckled when he was asked if there was a chance he’d skip the final two preseason games.
“Hey, there’s very little chance of that,” Berry said. “Slim and none.”
He’s left-handed and wears No. 7, so it wasn’t a surprise when one pressbox wag cracked that Leinart looked Michael Vick-esque after scrambling for 16 yards and 13 yards during his lone scoring drive.
“When they are playing two-man, there is no one to account for the quarterback, so there were big holes,” Leinart said. “You make one guy miss and there you go.”
Running back Edgerrin James had another brief evening, and not a particularly pretty one. He had two carries for 5 yards, but fumbled (right tackle Jeremy Bridges fell on the ball) and had a screen pass get to him too quickly as he turned around. The ball bounced harmlessly to the ground off his facemask.
The running game was also terrible as a whole. The Cards rushed for just 55 yards, and 29 came on quarterback Matt Leinart’s two scrambles.
“(The running game) is not going to be there until Edge plays the whole game,” coach Dennis Green said. “We should be doing better when he’s not in there. I’m concerned. But I am concerned about every phase of the game.”
The first-team Cardinals defense only gave up 13 points in their half of play, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had his way moving the ball, particularly with passes underneath to running backs and tight ends. Brady threw for 149 yards in a half of play.
Defensively overall, the Cardinals played “like (expletive),” cornerback Antrel Rolle said.
“The score speaks for itself. We didn’t play football tonight, simple as that.”
Former Tempe High School star Todd Mortensen is trying to make the Patriots as a backup quarterback. Mortensen, who did not play Saturday night or in the Patriots’ preseason opener, isn’t expected to make the active roster but could make the practice squad.
Starting center Alex Stepanovich suffered a chest bruise in the second quarter and did not return. He said he was OK, however, and that had it been a regular season game, he would have tried to come back in the game.
Receiver Bryant Johnson did not make the trip to New England because of a death in the family. . . .
Former Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who returned early last week only to change his mind and sign with New England on Friday, was in uniform but did not play.