It's been over two weeks since New England Patriots fans last saw Christian Gonzalez on a football field. That was during Week 4's brutal 38-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, when the cornerback suffered a torn labrum from a dislocated shoulder in just his fourth career game.
Gonzalez was placed on the injured reserve six days later and will likely miss the rest of the season -- a devastating blow to the promising rookie as well as the Patriots' defense. New England fans haven't heard much about him since then, but on Tuesday night Gonzalez shared an encouraging update on his injury via Instagram.
Christian Gonzalez Injury Update
Gonzalez posted a picture of the living room in his home with a simple caption: "Surgery went good! Thank you for all the prayers."
This is great news from the Patriots' 2023 first-round draft pick, who underwent surgery on his torn labrum earlier this week. Now that he's undergone successful surgery, he can start rehabbing and working to get back on the field as soon as possible.
Whether that happens in 2023 or 2024 is still to be determined. New England has spiraled without Gonzalez, losing both of its games without him and falling to 1-5. The Patriots will likely lose again to the Buffalo Bills in Week 7, and with the trade deadline coming up they should think about waving the white flag and preparing for 2024.
There's no need to rush Gonzalez back, which means he can take his time rehabbing and getting ready for next year. He showed a ton of potential before going down with 1 interception, 1 sack and 17 tackles, already grading out as one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.
Assuming his recovery goes well, Gonzalez looks like he'll be a pillar of New England's defense for years to come.
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