The New England Patriots will be without one of their starting offensive tackles this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the team officially ruled out right tackle Trent Brown for their Week 2 matchup with the New York Jets.
Brown was initially listed as questionable with a calf injury. His condition may have gotten worse since the Patriots downgraded his status less than 24 hours before their showdown with the Jets.
After missing the first two practices of the week, Brown was listed as a limited participant on Friday. That left the door open for him to play this Sunday.
Now that Brown is officially out, New England will have to rely on either Yasir Durant or Justin Herron at right tackle.
Patriots RT Trent Brown has been downgraded to Out for tomorrow’s game against the Jets.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 18, 2021
New England re-acquired Brown this past offseason with the hope that he could be an anchor for the offensive line. While that’s still possible, he’ll need to return to 100 percent before he can make a legitimate impact on the field.
Brown suffered this hamstring injury during the first quarter of last Sunday’s game. His absence really affected the Patriots’ ability to protect rookie quarterback Mac Jones, as he was pressured on 35 percent of his dropbacks.
Following this weekend’s divisional matchup, the Patriots will host the Saints. We’ll find out next week if Brown is healthy enough to play in that game.Internet Explorer Channel Network