FOXBOROUGH — Patriots running back James White was carted off the field early in the second quarter of Sunday’s 28-13 loss to the New Orleans Saints.
He was immediately ruled out with a hip injury.
Coach Bill Belichick did not have an update following the game.
“I saw him at halftime,” Belichick said. “We’ll see.”
With 11:34 remaining in the first half and the ball at New England’s 27-yard line, White rushed for 6 yards to convert a first down before getting pushed out of bounds on the Saints sideline by linebacker Demario Davis.
White remained down, laying on his back.
Several members of the Patriots’ offense kneeled while trainers tended to White. Once staffers motioned for a cart to escort White to the locker room, nearly the entire team, including the defense, ran over to the sideline to show support.
“That just goes to show the character he’s had since he’s been here and his relationship with everybody,” said cornerback Jonathan Jones. “I don’t know what the injury is, but the team is behind him.”
Added running back Brandon Bolden: “When it’s one of the guys you run with, one of the guys who you train with, one of the guys that you bleed and sweat with, it kind of hits a little different. Prayers to him. Hope he gets through it.”
Saints wide receiver Chris Hogan, who played three seasons with the Patriots, also took a moment to come over and offer well wishes.
The 6-yard rush was White’s lone carry of the game.
Heading into the game, White was New England’s leader in both receptions (12) and receiving yards (94). He proved to be crucial in moving the chains, as five of his receptions converted for first downs, as did three of his nine carries.
Since getting drafted, rookie quarterback Mac Jones has been effusive in his praise for White, regarding both the veteran’s influence behind the scenes and impact on the field.
“That definitely sucked to see him go down,” Jones said. “We’re all behind him 100 percent. He’s a great team leader, and he’s a great Patriot. We all want to be, if we can, like James. He’s a big role model for me. I hope he’s OK.”
White was certainly missed. Jones finished the game as New England’s leading rusher — 28 yards on six carries — which speaks to the offense’s struggles against the Saints.
Damien Harris registered just 14 yards on six carries; J.J. Taylor logged one carry for 2 yards; and Bolden earned three carries for a loss of a yard. Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson was inactive.
Asked if White’s injury had a domino effect on the game plan, Belichick didn’t offer much.
“We have contingency plans for everybody,” he said. “Unfortunately, that’s part of the game. Everybody has to have a backup. Brandon stepped in there and Damien and J.J., and those guys are all good players. They’ll get in there and compete.”
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