New Cole Strange Injury Update is Even Worse for the Patriots

The New England Patriots just received some bad news regarding Cole Strange.
Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New England Patriots guard Cole Strange (69) against the
Dec 12, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; New England Patriots guard Cole Strange (69) against the / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots are embarking on a new era in Foxborough with Jerod Mayo as the new head coach. They also have Eliot Wolf as the general manager and these two men have the power to reshape this roster.

They have retained key players like Mike Onwenu, Kyle Dugger, and Hunter Henry before adding more talent in the 2024 NFL Draft.

New England kicked off OTAs on May 20 and they got their first look at the roster all at once.

While they were excited to be back in the building, the Pats received some bad news regarding Cole Strange. The latest update from Ian Rapoport, however, makes things even worse.

Patriots News: Cole Stange Expected To Miss A Good Part of the 2024 Season

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Pats expect guard Cole Strange to miss the start of the 2024 season and could be out until the middle of the year.

Strange suffered a significant knee injury in Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs and he's still rehabbing his way back onto the field. The Chattanooga product was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft and started every game before going down with the injury.

Strange, of course, was a controversial draft pick who has struggled mightily at times on the Patriots' line. His absence will open up an opportunity for a reserve lineman to make an impact this offseason and secure a starting spot to open the season.

Look for Nick Leverett, Atonio Mafi and fourth-round pick Layden Robinson to have a fierce competition for the spot.

Mayo spoke with the media on May 20 and didn't sound too optimistic on Strange returning to the field.

He said, "He’s more of a, let’s say, week-by-week or you can go month-by-month if you want to. But he is working hard, he is doing his rehab. Here every day. He is in the meeting room, so I am happy where he is."

With no timetable officially set, the Pats are hoping that Strange's rehab starts to improve so he can return to the field. Until then, they'll have a few months to test out some different offensive line combinations before the season begins on Sept. 8 at Paycor Stadium against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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