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Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi reportedly diagnosed with sprained MCL

Harvey Langi started in place of Patriots captain Dont’a Hightower on Sunday.

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New England Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL and his timetable for return is uncertain, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported Monday.

Langi had started Sunday at Gillette Stadium against the New York Jets in place of team captain Dont’a Hightower, who was inactive due to elbow and ankle injuries. The 29-year-old Brigham Young product would be downgraded to out with a knee injury after halftime in what became a 54-13 game.

Entering the NFL as part of New England’s 2017 undrafted class, Langi spent the past three seasons with New York before returning to Foxborough on a one-year deal in May. He re-signed in a procedural move after the league’s 53-man roster deadline passed in September.

Through seven appearances for the Patriots this fall, Langi has recorded two tackles, playing 16 snaps on defense to go with 98 snaps on special teams.

Five linebackers had been listed as questionable on the final injury report of last week, including Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Josh Uche, Ja’Whaun Bentley and Brandon King. Following Langi’s exit against the Jets, Jamie Collins and Jahlani Tavai also checked in at the position.

New England visits the Los Angeles Chargers for a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff next Sunday at SoFi Stadium.