But the updated outlook is positive for the starting right tackle.
Brown, 28, has been diagnosed with a minor calf strain and will be considered “day to day” by the Patriots, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday evening.
The 6-foot-8, 380-pound bookend was seen standing on the sideline with a heavy wrap on his right calf after exiting during New England’s initial drive at Gillette Stadium. In his absence, 2020 sixth-round pick Justin Herron from Wake Forest and August trade acquisition Yasir Durant from the Kansas City Chiefs both stepped in on the right side.
Brown, who spent the past two campaigns with the Las Vegas Raiders and was named a Pro Bowler in 2019, had been reacquired by the Patriots in March. He previously started every game for the organization at left tackle in 2018 up through Super Bowl LIII.
New England visits the New York Jets next Sunday for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff at MetLife Stadium.