FOXBOROUGH — A play in the second quarter of Sunday’s Patriots-Jets game resulted in injuries to key players for both teams.
On a first and 10 from New England’s 48-yard line, Jets quarterback Zach Wilson threw a deep pass intended for wide receiver Keelan Cole. After Wilson released the ball, Patriots outside linebacker Matthew Judon tackled him. Wilson, who also fell awkwardly after a low tackle by Lawrence Guy two plays prior, remained on the ground for several minutes. There was no flag for roughing the passer on either play.
The Jets’ medical staff tended to Wilson, while the Patriots had safety Devin McCourty getting treated in the end zone. McCourty, who nearly picked off Wilson’s pass, had landed hard on his stomach while trying to make the interception. He was able to stand up but was noticeably in pain, favoring his right side.
Both Wilson and McCourty visited their respective medical tents on the sidelines, before Wilson walked to the locker room with trainers.
Wilson was ruled questionable to return with a knee injury, while McCourty was listed as questionable with an abdomen injury. Neither player returned to action for the remainder of the game.
McCourty’s designation never changed, but the Jets downgraded Wilson to out at the beginning of the second half. Wilson will undergo an MRI Monday, according to coach Robert Saleh.
Adrian Phillips moved to free safety with McCourty out. The Patriots also rotated Kyle Dugger in.
The 34-year-old McCourty has been incredibly durable, missing only five games over his 12 NFL seasons. He had been on the field for a team-high 99.8 percent of defensive snaps this season.
“Devin has certainly quarterbacked the secondary for a long time back there,” coach Bill Belichick said after the game. “Kyle and AP are both very good players in their own right and both smart players, so they handled things.”
Backup Mike White took over at quarterback for the Jets. He finished the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Davis. White, drafted in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys in 2018, ended the day completing 62.5 percent of his passes for 202 yards. He also threw two interceptions.
In addition to McCourty, the Patriots lost tight end Jonnu Smith (shoulder) and linebacker Harvey Langi (knee) to injuries in the first half. Defensive tackle Carl Davis (wrist) and guard Shaq Mason (abdomen) both were listed as questionable to return.
Mason, who missed the last two games with an abdomen injury, was spotted on the sideline with a wrap on his stomach in the fourth quarter.
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