The Patriots are paying Hunter Henry some huge cash — $37.5 million over the subsequent three years, to be actual — to turn into certainly one of their prime go catchers beginning in 2021. On Thursday, for a couple of hours, they endured an harm scare with the previous Chargers standout. Earlier within the day, Henry was pressured to go away observe attributable to a lower-leg harm and by no means returned. NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, nonetheless, experiences that the tight finish’s subject is “nothing critical,” indicating Henry ought to be OK transferring ahead.
Harm scares are all however a every day a part of the NFL offseason, however with Henry, any potential ailment is value monitoring contemplating the tight finish’s medical historical past. The previous second-round draft choose, who left Los Angeles after 5 years with the Chargers this offseason, has but to play a full season in his professional profession. After lacking one sport as a rookie and two as a second-year veteran, Henry missed all of 2018 with a torn ACL and 4 video games in 2019 with a separate knee subject. He additionally sat out two video games in 2020 attributable to COVID-19.
Set to start out alongside fellow tight finish addition Jonnu Smith in New England, Henry initially appeared to injure his leg throughout a 7-on-7 drill about halfway via Thursday’s observe, per NFL Community’s Mike Giardi. He had his ankle and foot re-taped following the obvious harm and tried to re-test his leg on the sideline, Giardi experiences, however by no means returned to the sphere, as an alternative watching the rest of observe from the sidelines.
It is potential Henry may very well be saved out till — and even via — subsequent week’s necessary minicamp for precautionary causes.