Some guys were able to come back into the game and others, it will be long term. Here’s a look at some of them.
Aaron Hernandez — In perhaps the biggest blow to New England, tight end Aaron Hernandez left with a knee injury with 11:41 remaining in the fourth quarter and did not return. He was present in the locker room after the game and spoke with reporters, which is usually a positive sign from an injury perspective that it isn’t anything too serious.
Hernandez did say he was sore on Monday. The Boston Globe’s Shalise Manza Young, a frequent guest on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher and Rich, is reporting Hernandez has a sprained MCL and will be out 1 to 2 weeks.
This injury is a big blow to the Patriots offense, as Hernandez has 14 receptions for 165 yards and two touchdowns the first two weeks of the season. With Herandez out, look for Chad Ochocinco to get more involved in the Patriots offense.
Kyle Arrington — The cornerback was shaken up on the Chargers’ final drive after making a hard tackle on the sideline. He spoke with reporters after the game and appeared to be OK.
Patrick Chung — The safety, and only veteran one at that, left the game with 8:45 in the third quarter when he injured his hand on a Ryan Mathews 3-yard run. Chung returned with 11:41 left in the fourth quarter with a cast over his injured hand.
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Albert Haynesworth — The defensive lineman was helped off the field with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter with what appeared to be cramping. He was able to return.
Zoltan Mesko — The Patriots punter left the game late in the third quarter after hurting his left knee on a punt, and he would not kick the ball again. Mesko did return to serve as a holder on an extra-point.