By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
According to the NFL Network's Mike Giardi, Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse will need to miss "at least a few weeks" with an MCL sprain suffered last Thursday night against the Giants.
Per Giardi, LaCosse's injury happened on the Patriots' failed fourth-and-1 play on the opening drive of their 35-14 win over the Giants on Thursday Night Football. He played all seven snaps on that drive, then only played six of the final 80 offensive snaps after that. LaCosse briefly returned in the second quarter but did not play in the second half.
The quick return of veteran TE Ben Watson makes more sense in the wake of the LaCosse injury news. He should have an opportunity to step right in as a starter, with Ryan Izzo being the only other healthy TE on the roster. Bill Belichick had previously said the team had no roster opening for Watson, but added "Maybe that'll change."
LaCosse has looked solid as both a blocker and pass-catcher in his limited time playing healthy for the Patriots. The MCL injury is yet another unfortunate setback for the free-agent acquisition, who also battled a sprained ankle over the summer. The offense looked as good as it has all season with two healthy tight ends on the field, so the hope is that Watson can at least replicate what LaCosse did.
Watson will help the Patriots' depth at TE for sure, but the team may also look to make a new move at the position. Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted on Monday that Watson wasn't the only TE the Patriots looked at over the weekend. They've also been the subject of trade rumors involving the Bengals' Tyler Eifert. The Pats could use help in either the pass-catching or the blocking department at the moment.
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