New England Patriots

Patriots tight end Hunter Henry at 2021 training camp. (Courtesy New England Patriots)

Patriots tight end Hunter Henry is dealing with a shoulder injury and will have an MRI for further evaluation, as reported by ESPN’s Mike Reiss on Monday.

Henry injured his shoulder during a drill at practice on Sunday in Foxborough and had to exit early. Matt LaCosse saw an increase in practice reps with starters in Henry’s absence.

Per Reiss: “While initial indications are that the injury doesn’t appear serious, the injury is painful and Henry could miss time in the preseason.”

Henry has missed 25 games due to various injuries over his first five seasons in the NFL, including the entire 2018 season due to a torn ACL. When healthy, he projects as a starting tight end in the Patriots offense, along with fellow free-agent acquisition Jonnu Smith in “12” personnel (two tight ends).

The Patriots practice again on Monday, and have their first preseason game on Thursday night against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium.

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