The New England Patriots may have lost one of their several offseason free-agent signings for the rest of the season.
Defensive end Henry Anderson is "feared" to have suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the Patriots' loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday night, NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Monday.
If an MRI confirms a torn pec, then Anderson will miss the remainder of the season, per Rapoport.
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The 30-year-old defensive lineman was ruled out of Sunday's game just 30 minutes after exiting with the injury. Anderson hasn't played more than 25% of total defensive snaps in a game this season, but he was still expected to be a valuable depth piece on New England's defensive line after signing a two-year, $7 million contract with the team in the offseason.
The Patriots allowed 119 rushing yards to the Bucs on 30 carries in the 19-17 loss, so the defensive line will need to step up in Anderson's absence when New England takes on the Houston Texans next Sunday.