The New Patriots managed to deflate the Tebow bubble a bit on Sunday but in the process may have lost their most productive defensive player for the season. DE Andre Carter, who leads the team in sacks, was carted off the field Sunday after suffering a quad injury.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson spoke with Carter’s agent Carl Poston who mentioned that Carter has “a quad-related injury that will require surgery.”
“It’s something we work on during practice. We all get reps,” said Patriots DE Mark Anderson, per Chris Forsberg of ESPNBoston.com. “Losing Andre, it’s a big part of our defense. Hopefully it’s nothing serious, but we were able to look past that and everybody stepped up and made plays. Andre is usually a very vocal leader on our team, everybody looks up to him, he’s been there before and he’s a great player. So losing him was very critical. Everybody just stepped up.”
Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe suggests that the loss of Carter could force the Patriots to move back to a 3-4 defensive scheme.