Patriots' RB Claim Raises Questions About Rhamondre Stevenson's Health

The New England Patriots' latest waiver claim raises questions about the back injury Rhamondre Stevenson suffered in Week 10.

The New England Patriots' waiver claim says a lot about Rhamondre Stevenson's injury.
The New England Patriots' waiver claim says a lot about Rhamondre Stevenson's injury. / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots' struggling offense suffered another blow on Sunday as stud running back Rhamondre Stevenson was forced to leave in the fourth quarter with a back injury. He did make it back onto the field, though some are still worried about the Patriots RB's health.

Well, New England's ensuing roster move on Monday has only heightened those fears.

Patriots Roster Move

The Patriots announced right after Week 10 that they've claimed running back Jamycal Hasty off of waivers. The veteran was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, providing teams in need of depth a potential option.

This is what makes New England's decision notable. The Pats didn't figure to be in need of another available rusher considering the word on Monday was that Stevenson's tests came back negative.

One would assume he's out of the woods, then, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

Claiming a backup RB off of waivers to join the 53-man roster is an aggressive move. It hints the team is desperate for immediate help, which could mean unfortunate news in terms of Stevenson's injury.

Even if he did avoid anything major, this could still be the type of issue that needs time to heal. With the team firmly out of any playoff conversation, there's also no point in running Stevenson out there if he's not 100%.

The Hasty addition may also possibly be because a move involving Ezekiel Elliott or Ty Montgomery is in the works, considering how much the entire team seems to be in a state of flux right now. The team's bye in Week 11 has already seen one major change, and there's sure to be more on the way.

Regardless, hopefully this time off helps Stevenson avoid any missed games. Otherwise, Hasty could see a role in this backfield right away.

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