New England Patriots

Ted Karras of the New England Patriots in action against the New York Jets during their game at MetLife Stadium on October 21, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff,

Patriots center Ted Karras had to leave in the third quarter of the Patriots’ 28-22 loss to the Texans on Sunday night with a knee injury. Karras didn’t return, but the belief now is that he avoided something season-ending.

As reported by Ian Rapoport on Monday, Karras is believed to have suffered an MCL sprain based on initial tests. The team planned to have an MRI for Karras on Monday. But Rapoport says the injury is “something he can return from.”

Karras played the first 777 snaps of the season (12 starts) without coming off the field as the Patriots’ starting center. He left after 43 snaps in Houston, giving way to backup James Ferentz for the remaining 44 snaps (via Pro Football Reference).

Karras replaced longtime starter David Andrews for the season after he had to be hospitalized for blood clots. Ferentz has also filled in at right guard this season. It remains to be seen if Ferentz will be needed for another game as Karras awaits more information on his knee injury.

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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