New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan injured his shoulder in practice on Sunday and was not present during Monday’s practice. He joined the top two receivers on the roster, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, as unavailable for practice.
Don’t worry, it’s just temporary, according to the Herald’s Jeff Howe.
Good news for Chris Hogan, per team source. No concern with the shoulder. Will have treatment, let the pain subside and return soon.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 3, 2016
Per Howe, the Patriots have “no concern” about Hogan’s injury and they are going to let the healing take its course.
“There doesn't appear to be a defined timetable because it's primarily an issue of pain tolerance,” Howe adds.
This is a positive report because it means Hogan’s not in any real jeopardy of missing substantial time. Hogan has taken to the Patriots offense and has been the top receiver on the roster, while Edelman and Amendola have remained on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.
Hogan was one of the team’s big free agent signings this year, stealing him away from the division rival Bills. It’s unknown how the Patriots envision him in the offense, but it’s possible that he can adopt a hybrid role that combines the routes of Brandon LaFell and Amendola. This would make him the perfect complement for Edelman.
We will see if Hogan returns to the field tomorrow, although I wouldn’t count on it. The Patriots are excessively careful about injuries at this point in the year and they will hold out Hogan for an extra day or two after he feels ready to play.