The Patriots have run into their first season-ending injuries of the preseason.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, rookie cornerback Darryl Roberts is looking at a lost season as a result of the wrist injury he suffered back in the opener against the Packers. This is the first word we've gotten as to the extent of the injury since he left the game late in the first quarter. Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reported following the game that the injury was to his hand/wrist area, and now it seems it's much more serious than we all could've hoped for.
A seventh-round pick this past May out of Marshall, Roberts had put together a very strong camp through practice as he continually broke up passes and stuck with receivers in passing drills. Due to the lack of legitimate talent in the defensive backfield, and even though pegging him as the starting right corner for the regular season would've been a stretch, he did get the start there against the Packers opposite Malcolm Butler.
The team also announced that wide receiver Brandon Gibson has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The Patriots didn't disclose the nature of the injury but it's believed to be to his knee. Reporters detailed the wideout was seen walking through the locker room with a noticeable limp following the contest.
Where before there were too many bodies for too few spots, the loss of Gibson, as well as the likely loss of Brian Tyms also for the season, the battle for the depth receiver has lost a pair of contenders. It leaves the likes of Josh Boyce, Aaron Dobson, Jonathan Krause and the newly-signed Reggie Wayne to fight for the position in the final weeks of camp and the two weeks of exhibition football left to play.
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