The New England Patriots lost one of their most important defensive players late in Sunday's Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium.
Rookie defensive tackle Christian Barmore collided with Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams in the fourth quarter and needed help getting off the field.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did not give an official update on Barmore during his postgame press conference.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday night that Barmore went through a few tests after the game and will undergo an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his knee injury:
“I saw him,” Patriots quarterback Mac Jones told reporters when asked about Barmore's injury after the game.
“I don’t know exactly what happened, but I just told him that I love him and I have his back no matter what. He’s a great player, and he’s been a great teammate to me at Alabama and obviously here, too. He’s really positive, and I hope he’s OK.”
How would Barmore's injury impact the Patriots in their AFC Wild Card playoff game if he's limited or doesn't play?
Ted Johnson and Matt Cassel gave their takes on NBC Sports Boston's "Postgame Live".
Barmore has been one of the steals of the 2021 NFL Draft after playing a key role in the Patriots' pass rush throughout the regular season. He's also been a solid contributor to the team's run defense.
Losing him for any amount of playoff games would be a huge setback for the Patriots defense.