The New England Patriots lost another game in Miami on Sunday, falling to the Dolphins 31-17. It didn't help that several Patriots players left the game early with injuries, including wide receivers DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne.
Parker exited after suffering a concussion on a controversial helmet-to-helmet hit that wasn't flagged, while Bourne suffered a scary knee injury in the fourth quarter.
After the game, New England released an update on Bourne's status.
Kendrick Bourne Injury Update
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Bourne will undergo an MRI on Monday morning to confirm the severity of his knee injury, which may be an MCL injury based on the initial diagnosis.
That's not a great sign, but it could go either way. Patriots fans can only hold their breath until the results of the MRI are revealed, which should be able to tell us whether the injury is serious or not.
Bourne suffered his knee injury after landing awkwardly on it early in the fourth quarter. It was concerning enough that even Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel came over to check on him.
Not surprisingly, New England was unable to come back without its top receiver. Bourne had already caught a touchdown pass in the first quarter and was having a good game before going down.
If Bourne does miss time, that will be a serious blow to the Patriots' offense. He leads the team in virtually all receiving categories, including targets, catches, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Bourne is also in a contract year, so getting sidelined could cost him a considerable amount of money in the offseason if it cuts into his stats and prevents him from finishing the campaign.
The Patriots hope Bourne will be able to return for their Week 9 tilt against the Washington Commanders, but time will tell.
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