New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan left late in Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Chargers with an apparent shoulder injury. Hogan will have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the “best-case scenario” for Hogan “is a sprained AC joint.”
#Patriots WR Chris Hogan left the stadium in a sling & he’ll have an MRI today. Best-case scenario is a sprained AC joint. Pats have a bye.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 30, 2017
If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s a similar injury to what Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered earlier this season to his non-throwing shoulder. The severity of the injury will determine the amount of time away is necessary for Hogan.
Hogan suffered the injury when a Chargers defender took him to the ground with 3:27 left in the game, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the following hit caused the bulk of the damage:
If the injury is of the same severity as Brady’s, then Hogan could theoretically be ready to return to the field after the bye week. If the injury is slightly more severe, then Hogan could miss the next month, including games against the Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Miami Dolphins. The most severe shoulder injury would end Hogan’s season.
We’re all hoping for a happy diagnosis today. Feel better soon, Chris!