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Injury update: Patriots tight end Matt LaCosse expected to miss ‘a few weeks’ due to MCL injury

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The New England Patriots suffered a series of injuries during their Thursday night game against the New York Giants and one of the players to exit the contest was tight end Matt LaCosse; he injured his knee in the first quarter and played just 15 total offensive snaps because of the ailment — one that is expected to keep him out for some time now: according to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, LaCosse sprained his MCL against the Giants.

The injury will reportedly force the tight end to miss “a few weeks,” which means that the Patriots’ tight end depth will get tested once again. Second-year man Ryan Izzo, who played 80 of a possible 82 snaps on Thursday, will likely see an increased workload while newly re-signed Benjamin Watson also factors into the mix. Until LaCosse returns, the two will run the show at a position that has played a comparatively limited role so far this season.

LaCosse, meanwhile, suffers another setback. The Patriots originally signed the 27-year-old as a free agent in March, but he sprained his ankle in the preseason opener which forced him to miss the remainder of the exhibition schedule and Week 1 of the regular season. He did return for the following game but remained limited until playing 94% of New England’s offensive snaps in Week 5 against the Washington Redskins.