Rhamondre Stevenson Injury Update Puts Rest of His Season in Jeopardy

The latest injury update on New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson puts the rest of his 2023 season in jeopardy.

Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson
Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson / Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports
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The New England Patriots' offense was the dealt the one loss it couldn't afford early in Sunday's game as running back Rhamondre Stevenson left in obvious pain after a controversial hip-drop tackle. Stevenson was soon ruled out of the contest with an ankle injury, raising concerns about the RB's immediate health.

While it appears the third-year pro has avoided anything significant, the latest update on him could have big implications for the rest of his season.

Patriots News: Rhamondre Stevenson Injury Update

The Athletic's Jeff Howe reported on Sunday that Stevenson could "possibly [miss] multiple games" due this ankle ailment. Howe stressed further testing will be needed, however, to truly assess when he'll be able to return.

Considering how the Patriots' season has gone, though, it's worth bringing up if Stevenson even should take the field again this year. New England is now officially out of playoff contention, and the team is currenly in position to nab the No. 2 overall pick in next year's draft.

At this point, winning isn't actually in the team's best interest. Given Stevenson's playmaking, he could get in the way of New England securing its long-term future with a top pick if he helps turn a game or two down the stretch.

Selfishness aside, there's not real reason for Stevenson to gut through an injury, either. His return would do nothing to turn this disastrous camapign around, even if he did help the team secure a victory or two down the stretch. He's also solidified as one of the Pats' best offensive weapons and not headed toward free agency yet, so it's not like he needs to put an extra couple of games on film.

If Stevenson's recovery does turn into a weeks-long scenario, the Patriots owe it to both the organization and player to shut him down even if there's a few contests remaining.

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