The Patriots may have come away with a big victory during their 38-24 win over the Dolphins Monday night, but they walked away suffering a big loss as they get ready to return to New England.
They saw center Dan Koppen go down with 1:29 left in the half, after he had a player fall on his leg on a quarterback sneak. ¬†He immediately dropped face down to the turf with his fists clenched – and you knew he was obviously hurt.
Koppen was carted off the field after the play, which came on a day where he should have been celebrating is his 32nd birthday. ¬†He was later seen on crutches coming out of the X-Ray room, and then later on the sidelines still on crutches and in a walking boot.
It’s a tough blow to a team that’s already seen two offensive linemen go down recently, with¬†Ryan Wendell and¬†Sebastian Vollmer both sitting out Monday’s game with an injury. ¬†After Koppen left,¬†Dan Connolly moved to center, which ended the rotation they had been using at right guard to spell newcomer¬†Brian Waters.
As expected, the extent of his injury wasn’t revealed – with the team later saying he was “Questionable” to return. ¬†That was somewhat humorous at the time, because it came mere minutes after Koppen was carted off the field.
The 5th Quarter reported immediately after that he suffered a broken left ankle, which likely means he could potentially be gone for the season.
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