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Rhamondre Stevenson injury update: Patriots running back leaves Cardinals game twice with ankle injury

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Update 12/12/2022: Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson leaves Cardinals game a second time with ankle injury

Rhamondre Stevenson’s return to the New England Patriots vs. Arizona Cardinals game on Monday night was short-lived. After appearing on one series and touching the football three times, the sophomore running back left the contest a second time: he departed for the locker room late in the second quarter.

Update 12/12/2022: Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson returns to Cardinals game after injury scare

The New England Patriots’ battered offense received some good news in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson, who had previously left the game with an ankle injury, returned to the contest.

He immediately resumed his role as a focal point of the Patriots’ running and passing games. In his absence, sixth-round rookie Kevin Harris took over and ended up scoring his first career touchdown.

Original story 12/12/2022: Patriots RB Rhamondre Stevenson leaves Cardinals game with ankle injury

The New England Patriots offense has taken another hit. Running back Rhamondre Stevenson, the team’s most reliable weapon this season, exited the Monday night game against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter.

Stevenson stayed on the ground after a short run and was later announced as questionable to return with an ankle injury.

Losing the sophomore running back would be a blow to an inconsistent Patriots offense. Stevenson, after all, entered Week 14 as the team’s leader in both carries and receptions — his 217 touches are clearly the most on the team, as are his 1,117 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns.

With him headed to the locker room, and with fellow running back Damien Harris inactive because of a thigh issue, the Patriots turned to sixth-round rookie Kevin Harris. They also have fellow rookie Pierre Strong Jr. on their roster as a special teams option and emergency back.

Stevenson was not the only Patriot to get shaken up in the first quarter against Arizona. Wide receiver DeVante Parker is also questionable to return with a head injury; rookie cornerback Jack Jones is dealing with a knee issue.