Jonnu Smith leaves Patriots practice Sunday with ankle injury

The Patriots signed two of the biggest free agent tight ends on the market back in March: Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry. We already had a scare a week ago with Hunter Henry leaving practice with a shoulder injury. Now? The Patriots have to be concerned with Jonnu Smith now. Smith left Patriots practice on Sunday with an ankle injury. But fear not Patriots fans, the injury does not appear to be serious.

While it’s good news that Smith’s injury does not appear to be serious, this could impact a few things in the short-term.

Jonnu Smith’s After the Catch Production for the Patriots

This is a big reason Bill Belichick went out of his way to get Jonnu Smith in free agency. Smith has amazing speed for a tight end. We saw a quick flash of this in Thursday night’s preseason opening win against the Washington Football Team. Smith can make big plays in the open field. If this ankle injury holds up for longer than a lot of other people expect, then that hurts the Patriots significantly. We’re going to need Jonnu Smith back on the field immediately for the Patriots.

The Longevity of Hunter Henry

This may not be everyone’s first thought, but this also impacts Hunter Henry. How serious is this injury for Jonnu Smith? Will it get to a point where it becomes a day by day or week by week situation? Henry reported back to practice on Sunday, which is obviously a good sign. But again, we know how unreliable Henry has been to stay on the field. Plus, if Smith is out AND Henry continues to get injured, we’re going to go back to having Matt LaCosse as our number one option at tight end. Maybe Devin Asiasi. Either way, no thank you! Get our two big free agent tight end signings healthy!

In Conclusion

The good news? The injury isn’t too serious. So we can probably expect Smith back on the field in no time. The bad news? What happens if the injury ends up being more serious than we all initially thought? Then the Patriots should start to worry. Hopefully it’s like Hunter Henry’s situation and he’s back in a week. Don’t have Smith travel to Philly and let him rest and recover. Jonnu Smith is going to need to be 100% healthy to be the significant part of the offense we’re all expecting him to be this season.

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-Al Nahigian (@BigAl2793 on Twitter)

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