With Rhamondre Stevenson exiting Sunday’s game against the Chargers with an ankle injury, the New England Patriots may need to replace him moving forward. Early reports said x-rays taken after the game were negative, but Stevenson will have an MRI this week to determine the extent of the injury. Stevenson missing next week’s game, at the least, seems to be highly probable.
Ezekiel Elliott will take over as the featured back if Stevenson misses any time. On Sunday, he was the only running back active for the game, other than Stevenson. Ty Montgomery has the ability to fill in at running back if needed. Montgomery is listed as a wide receiver on the Patriots roster, and plays special teams almost exclusively.
JaMycal Hasty is the other running back on the Patriots 53-man roster, though he has yet to be active for a game. New England claimed Hasty off waivers via Jacksonville on Nov. 14. Running back Kevin Harris is an option from the practice squad. The 2022 sixth round pick appeared in five games for New England as a rookie, but has yet to be elevated to the active roster in 2023.
Meanwhile, Hasty’s former Jaguars teammate Trevor Lawrence became the latest quarterback to be injured this season. Lawrence went down in the second half of Jacksonville’s Monday Night Football game against the Cincinnati Bengals. He was clearly in a lot of pain, and did not return to the game. The Bengals went on to win in overtime.
— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2023
Also in today’s Patriots Daily: Bills interested in Zach Ertz; Shaquille Leonard becomes an Eagle; Jake Browning becomes a hero; Happy birthday Art Monk; and more…
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Pro Football Network – NFL fans react to viral Miami Dolphins touchdown celebration
NFL.com – Jets HC Robert Saleh says Zach Wilson wants the ball, despite rumors of his refusal to play
NFL.com – Former Colts All-Pro Shaquille Leonard land with Eagles
Cincinnati Enquirer – Jake Browning becomes a hero in upset Bengals win over Jaguars
Patriots Football Now – 2024 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Maye Day in New England
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Fun Fact of the Day
In 1984 Washington’s Art Monk (who turns 66 today) made 104 receptions, setting an NFL single-season record. It was the first 100-reception season in 20 years, and third all-time. There have now been 145 times a player has recorded 100+ receptions in a season, including Keenan Allen of the Chargers in 2023.
Catching 100 passes in a season as been done by 79 different NFL players. Antonio Brown and Brandon Marshall (six each) have done it the most times.
Single-season NFL record for receptions is 149, set by Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints in 2019.
Tweet of the Day
Today’s Tweet of the Day comes from Ari Meirov (via The Greg Hill Show) with Bill Belichick being Bill Belichick…
#Patriots HC Bill Belichick on Rex Ryan saying the ‘Patriot Way’ is exhausting for players:
"I’m not really sure what he’s talking about. Rex has never been with the Patriots."
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) December 4, 2023