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Patriots LB Harvey Langi reportedly “unlikely” to return to the field this season

The rookie suffered injuries during a car crash last week.

NFL: Combine Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

One week ago, news broke that New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi was involved in a car crash that left him and his wife Cassidy hospitalized. While Langi suffered neck and head injuries (and a back injury, according to the Patriots' injury reports), his wife suffered fractures to both her hips as well as broken ribs. Both are on the road to recovery right now, as a recently posted video shows.

It will, however, likely take a while for Langi to return to the football field as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport emphasized earlier today:

For Langi, I was told his car accident-related injuries make it unlikely he plays this season.

If Rapoport's report turns out to be true, the Patriots will likely place Langi on the non-football injury list in the near future (since his injury happened off the football field). The corresponding roster move projects to be activating fellow linebacker Shea McClellin off injured reserve.

In order to place Langi on NFI, New England will likely have to ask permission from the league (like the San Francisco 49ers once had to do with linebacker Aldon Smith). If indeed placed on the NFI list, the Patriots would no longer have to pay Langi's base salary. However, it would be a surprise to see the team opt to go that way.

Of course, playing football again is a secondary concern right now. The most important thing is that both Langi and his wife receive the necessary treatment that allows them to recover from their injuries.

All the best to both of them as they embark on this journey!