On Sunday, the New England Patriots defeated the Denver Broncos rather easily by a score of 41-16. However, in the process of doing so, the team lost yet another of its core players to injury: Special teams captain and emergency wide receiver Matthew Slater suffered a hamstring injury in the second quarter and was quickly ruled “out” for the remainder of the contest.
Now, a recent report by ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss suggests that he might miss more than just one half of action:
Special teams captain Matthew Slater (hamstring) has returned home instead of remaining with the Patriots in Colorado Springs. Likely out vs. Raiders.
Following Reiss' report, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport offered more information about Slater's injury status:
Matthew Slater’s hamstring injury was described to me as “serious.” Looking at a multi-game absence.
Slater has dealt with a hamstring issue earlier this season as well and missed New England's first four games because of it. With that in mind, playing it safe with the current injury is the best course of action – especially considering that the Patriots can afford to keep the 32-year old out for as long as need be. After all, the team has one of the NFL's deepest special teams units and the ultimate goal should be to have Slater available come playoff time.
New England will release its first injury report of the week later today.