New England Patriots

The New England Patriots appear to have avoided a major injury at the wide receiver position. Phillip Dorsett had to leave practice early after appearing to injure himself, but ended up leaving the field under his own power and told reporters he’s OK.

Dorsett slipped and fell while running a crossing route during an 11-on-11 drill at practice on Tuesday. Two trainers helped him walk slowly off the field, where he headed straight to the blue medical tent. He emerged from the tent a short time after that, sitting on a cooler while watching the rest of practice.

Eventually, Dorsett got up and paced around before playing catch with a trainer. After practice, he walked off on his own. Mike Giardi tweeted that Dorsett told him “I’m all right.”

Dorsett has been gradually building trust with quarterback Tom Brady, who has high hopes for the receiver in his second year with the Patriots.

“I think everyone wanted to go over and see how he was doing, because he’s been doing so well, in the spring and in training camp,” Brady told reporters after practice. “Hopefully he’s OK. I certainly hope he is. He’s got a great opportunity ahead of him. I hope he takes advantage of it.”

Dorsett caught two of his three targets in team drills during Tuesday’s practice, the final session open to the public.

We’ll see if Dorsett still suffered something minor, which would likely limit him in upcoming practices. It’s still too early to speculate too wildly about his status. But it’s certainly a good sign that he didn’t need heavy medical attention after exiting the tent and left the field on his own.

UPDATE: Per Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Dorsett avoided an injury and is likely to be back at Patriots practice on Wednesday.

— By Matt Dolloff,

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