In the second drive of their Monday Night Football game against the Arizona Cardinals, the New England Patriots’ offense took a few hits. First, after completing a 10-yard catch that gave the Patriots a first down, wide receiver DeVante Parker showed signs of shakiness.
Rhamondre Stevenson, a running back, looked to injure his left ankle on a four-yard run three plays later. Due to a head injury, Parker was out, but Stevenson made a comeback at the start of the Patriots’ fourth drive.
As he was being tackled by a Cardinals defender, Stevenson’s ankle appeared to be wrapped up. Stevenson was eventually able to stand up after a brief period of time on the ground and move onto the sideline.
Mechanism fits a Left high ankle sprain. He jogged off under his own power, but doesn t mean he s out of the woods.
Might try to tape it/play through it, barring pain.
(Insert bloodbath gif)
— Jeff Mueller, PT, DPT (@jmthrivept) December 13, 2022
The Patriots’ offense would suffer a severe setback if Rhamondre Stevenson were to go hurt. He has been a workhorse for them the entire season, racking up 734 running yards and 383 receiving yards with a total of five touchdowns in 12 games. He has also consistently provided solid blocking for New England out of the backfield. Week to week, he is consistently rated as one of the Patriots’ top pass blocks.
The Patriots would suffer if they lost a player with Stevenson’s potential, and they are also lacking in running backs. Due to a thigh injury, Damien Harris missed his second consecutive game on Monday and is apparently out for the week. The only healthy running backs on the Patriots active roster after that would be rookies Kevin Harris and Pierre Strong Jr.
A failure by the concussion spotter. DeVante Parker could not stand up straight after hitting the ground. Nelson Agholor took a knee and was flailing desperately to try to get the play stopped for Parker. pic.twitter.com/TtjfOqyEbH
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) December 13, 2022
To return, DeVante Parker most likely needs to pass the concussion protocol. He is not the only Patriots receiver struggling with a condition resembling a concussion. Leading receiver Jakobi Meyers missed Monday’s game after sustaining a concussion in the Patriots Week 13 loss to the Bills.
The Patriots’ wide corps, outside of Meyers and Parker, is also somewhat underwhelming. They have Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, and Tyquan Thornton, all of whom have had trouble consistently contributing this season.
The first quarter of Monday’s game saw another knee injury for rookie cornerback Jack Jones, who was then ruled out for the rest of the game.