Kendrick Bourne to get further evaluation of knee injury
One of the few bright spots in the New England Patriots’ offense this year has been wide receiver Kendrick Bourne. The 28-year-old is the Patriots’ leading receiver through eight weeks.
The Patriots could be forced to make things work without Bourne in the weeks ahead though. Bourne left Sunday’s 31-17 loss to the Dolphins early with a knee injury after getting tackled on the sideline.
Almost immediately after the injury, the Patriots announced Bourne would not return to the game. That’s generally a cause for concern. Bourne was also seen wearing “a big brace” on his right knee after the game.
After the game, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport offered the first update on Bourne’s status. According to Rapoport, based on the “initial diagnosis” of Bourne’s knee, “the hope is” he suffered just an MCL injury. Rapoport added that Bourne will undergo an MRI on Monday to evaluate the extent of the damage.
Through eight games this year Bourne has caught 37 passes for 406 yards and four touchdowns, including one on Sunday. His contract – which he signed as part of the Patriots’ free agent spending spree in the spring of 2021 – expires at the end of this season.
Bourne isn’t the only Patriots receiver who left Sunday’s game early. DeVante Parker was also removed from the game after getting hit in the head in the third quarter, and was ruled out.
South Beach horrors haunt Patriots again: 8 takeaways from Sunday's loss in Miami
Playing in South Florida has always been a house of horrors for the New England Patriots. Prior to Sunday they were 16-40 all-time on the road against the Miami Dolphins in the regular season, with three such losses in a row, five losses in their last six , and eight in their last 10. This Halloween weekend was no exception.
The Patriots started strong on Sunday, but just couldn’t keep in going. Things slowly unraveled after a competitive first quarter, resulting in a 31-17 loss that dropped the Patriots to 2-6 on the season.
Coming off of last week’s win, the goal for the Patriots was to build on last week’s win over Buffalo and prove they could play with consistency, especially offensively. Instead, many of the shortcoming that haunted them for the first month and a half of the season showed up once again.
With the NFL Trade Deadline coming up this week, there will be plenty of discussion about the long-term outlook of the team in the coming days. In the meantime, let’s take a look at what went right and what went wrong Sunday in Miami…