BOSTON (CBS) – As if Sunday’s loss to Miami wasn’t bad enough for the Patriots, and as if Tua Tagovailoa’s 11-yard run wasn’t painful on its own, the game that got Miami to draining all but three seconds on the game clock also resulted in a potentially serious injury for Patriots rookie Christian Barmore.
Barmore was chasing his former Alabama teammate as Tagovailoa passed Joejuan Williams to land a critical first try. Williams went for the tackle but breathed, accidentally colliding with a diving Barmore.
– Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 10, 2022
As Tagovailoa celebrated the game, Barmore stayed on the pitch, eventually gaining the attention of the Patriots’ coaching staff.
After Barmore made it to the sideline, he was taken to the locker room on a cart.
Barmore, who recorded five total tackles in Sunday’s loss, was instrumental in the New England defense as a rookie, with 46 tackles, nine quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks.
Details of the injury were not released and Bill Belichick did not provide an update after the game. ESPN’s Mike Reiss said on TV38’s Patriots 5th Quarter that the injury appears to be significant enough to prevent Barmore from making the playoffs. Reiss added that Barmore was emotional as he walked out of the Hard Rock Stadium x-ray room and couldn’t put pressure on his right leg.
However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said initial x-rays and exams revealed “no major injuries.” An MRI on Monday will ultimately provide a clearer picture, however.
#patriots The remarkable DT Christian Barmore, who was transported today, will have an MRI on his knee tomorrow, a source said. The first exams were promising, indicating no major injuries. As we’ve seen, MRI might tell a different story, but at first glance, there’s some good news.
– Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 10, 2022
Meanwhile, quarterback Mac Jones has said he hopes for the best.
“Yes, I did, I saw it. I don’t know exactly what happened, but I just told him that I love him and support him no matter what, ”Jones said. “He’s a great player and he’s been a great teammate in Alabama and obviously here too. He’s really positive and I hope he’s doing well.