The New England Patriots finished the regular season with an amazing win over the New York Jets. However, in the process of beating their AFC East rivals 38-3, the Patriots lost one of their key defensive players. According to reports, safety Devin McCourty left the game in the third quarter and was later ruled “out” with a head injury.
We didn’t see McCourty on the court for the rest of the game or during the media portion of yesterday’s practice. However, reports talk optimistically about him returning to the field soon. The Athletic’s Jeff Howe shared:
“There’s optimism Devin McCourty will be ready for the Patriots’ playoff opener, according to a source. McCourty suffered a concussion Sunday against the Jets and couldn’t practice today, but there’s a belief he’ll be ready Jan. 13 if the progress remains intact.”
This comment came only after Patriots head coach Bill Belichick voiced some optimism about his team’s injury situation as a whole. Belichick said:
“I think right now we’re in pretty good shape. [Cordarrelle] Patterson wasn’t able to play against the Jets, but hopefully we’ll be able to get him back. I think our overall continuity the last few weeks, of not only the injury report for games but just being able to practice consecutively with players that are going to play in the game gives you better timing and execution and has helped us that way. We’ll see, but so far, I think we’ll have a full group out there this week at practice.”
The Patriots earned themselves a bye-week this week. We’ll see other teams start the playoffs with games on both Saturday and Sunday. When it comes to the Patriots, they will have their first postseason game next Sunday. Make sure to tune in and watch the Patriots as they try to earn their spot in the Super Bowl.