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Patriots’ Christian Barmore goes down late, carted off field in loss to Dolphins

Christian Barmore (right) collided with his teammate while both were trying to tackle Tua Tagovailoa in the fourth quarter.Michael Reaves/Getty


MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Patriots rookie defensive tackle Christian Barmore was carted off the field in the final minutes of Sunday’s regular-season finale in Miami.

Late in the fourth quarter, on third and 8, Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa scrambled to convert for the first down. Barmore chased Tagovailoa from behind, trying to make the tackle, but ended up colliding with a teammate also trying to make the tackle.

Tagovailoa ended up rushing for 11 yards, securing a new set of downs and sealing the victory, while Barmore remained on his back in pain. He stayed down for several minutes, as trainers ran onto the field and teammates circled around in support.

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With assistance from a medical staffer and defensive end Deatrich Wise, Barmore made his way off the field but could not put any weight on his right foot. He sat on the bench for a few moments before getting carted to the locker room.

Barmore, drafted in the second round out of Alabama, has played an important defensive role in his first NFL season. Entering Sunday’s game, he had been on the field for 56.3 percent of the defense’s snaps, with 41 tackles and nine quarterback hits.

Coach Bill Belichick did not have an update on Barmore after the game. Quarterback Mac Jones said he did not know the extent of Barmore’s injury, but the pair spoke after the game.

“I just told him that I love him and I have his back no matter what,” Jones said. “He’s a great player and a great teammate to me at Alabama and obviously here, too. He’s really positive, and I hope he’s OK.”

Three other Patriots also sustained injuries Sunday.

Early in the first quarter, starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn was deemed questionable to return with an ankle injury. Wynn was initially listed as questionable because of a hip injury. He did not return to action for the remainder of the first half and was replaced by backup Justin Herron.

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Belichick did not have an update on Wynn, either.

Later in the first quarter, running back Rhamondre Stevenson sustained a head injury on his first touch of the game. On a first and 5, Stevenson caught a short pass for a 2-yard gain before getting pummeled by Dolphins linebacker Elandon Roberts.

Stevenson remained on the ground for a few extra seconds and then popped up on his own. He immediately exited the field to visit the blue medical tent and eventually went back to the locker room.

Stevenson rejoined the sideline in the second quarter, but did not re-enter the game before halftime. He did play in the second half, however, and finished the game with four carries for 34 yards.

Early in the second quarter, practice-squad safety Sean Davis, temporarily elevated to the active roster, went down with a shoulder injury. After Dolphins running back Duke Johnson rushed for 10 yards, Davis remained on the ground, favoring his right arm.

Trainers ran on the field to evaluate Davis, who ended up going back to the locker room. Davis later returned to the sidelined but did not re-enter the game.

Shaun Wade downgraded to out

Shaun Wade was downgraded to out early Sunday after the rookie cornerback was hit with an illness. He was the only surprise inactive for the Patriots and it was a tough break for Wade, as he likely would have been active for his fourth game of the season.

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With safeties Kyle Dugger (hand) inactive and Myles Bryant still on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Wade could have slid into the defensive back rotation. Joejuan Williams, who had been a healthy scratch the last three games, got back in the action.

The Patriots other game-day inactives were quarterback Jarrett Stidham, who has not been active this season; tight end Devin Asiasi (one game played); and running back J.J. Taylor (five games played). Dugger, who is dealing with a hand injury, and linebacker Dont’a Hightower (knee) were previously declared out.

Ex-BC TE Hunter Long inactive for Dolphins

Former Boston College standout tight end Hunter Long was one of five Dolphins declared inactive. Long has been caught in a numbers game in Miami in his rookie season. Mike Gesicki, Durham Smythe, Adam Shaheen, and Cethan Carter all are ahead of him on the depth chart.

Receiver Preston Williams, running back Salvon Ahmed, and linebackers Darius Hodge and Vince Biegel were the other healthy scratches for Brian Flores’s club.

Jim McBride of the Globe staff contributed to this report.


Nicole Yang can be reached at nicole.yang@globe.com.Follow her on Twitter @nicolecyang.