New England Patriots

Brandon King of the New England Patriots is carted off the field in the second quarter of a preseason game following an injury against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium on August 22, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Patriots special teamer Brandon King appeared to suffer a serious leg injury on Thursday night against the Panthers. He had to be carted off the field and did not return to the game, which the Patriots won 10-3.

King left the field surrounded by numerous teammates, and even former teammate Chris Hogan, who is now with the Panthers.

King, 25, has been a core special teams player for the Patriots since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2015. His 281 special teams snaps in 2018 were the third-most on the team behind only Nate Ebner (329) and Matthew Slater (303). If he suffered a season-ending injury, it would be a massive loss for that phase of the game.

A logical choice to replace King on the 53-man roster would be linebacker Calvin Munson, who has had a strong preseason and contributed on defense as well as special teams.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at

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