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It didn’t look good when the Patriots leading pass rusher went down early Sunday afternoon.
The news remained bleak following the Patriots 41-23 win over the Denver Broncos. ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that Andre Carter’s agent, Carl Poston, said Carter has a quad-related injury “that will require surgery.”
There is no timetable on Carter’s return, but it doesn’t appear to be promising.
The unsung hero to the league’s worst defense, Carter leads the Patriots with 10 sacks. The initial wound of being without Carter wasn’t evident too much Sunday. Fellow free agent acquisition Mark Anderson saw his reps increase, and Anderson made good on the extended playing time.
Anderson recorded two sacks, including a fumble, which shifted the momentum of the contest. The turnover put the Broncos offense in neutral for the rest of the evening.
Still, the Broncos gashed the Patriots rushing for 252 yards. Trekking forward without Carter will cause a challenge to the front seven come playoff time.