The New England Patriots have made a lot of moves over the spring and summer to get themselves in a better position than they were in 2020. They went out and signed a lot of receivers and tight end Jonnu Smith. One other big name tight end they acquired in free agency was former Chargers tight end Hunter Henry. Henry had signed on a three year deal to come to the Patriots. Now? He has an injury and it can’t help but send Patriots fans into a bit of nervousness.
Patriots TE Hunter Henry injured his shoulder in Sunday's practice, and is having an MRI, per a source. While initial indications are that the injury doesn't appear serious, the injury is painful and Henry could miss time in the preseason.
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 9, 2021
So should Patriots fans be worried about Hunter Henry with the season right around the corner?
Hunter Henry’s Injury History Before the Patriots
Hunter Henry has had quite the injury history. He had a concussion and a knee sprain in 2016 before having an abdomen kidney lacerated in 2017, missing his last two games. He missed basically the whole 2018 season with a right knee ACL tear followed by a leg tibia plateau fracture in 2019, where he missed four games. If you’re a Patriots fan, you have to feel the shivers a bit reading about these injuries. Now with something in his shoulder? I don’t know about you all, but I’m thinking the worst already.
His Role in This Patriots Offense
Henry is obviously going to be a big part of this offense. Jonnu Smith even called it the “Boston TE party”. So even he knows what the two of them can accomplish together. Henry is a solid pass catching option who also is an exceptional blocker on the run. If the Patriots want to be successful, Henry needs to be healthy and be a part of it all.
This isn’t what you want to hear if you’re a Patriots fan. Hunter Henry being out does you no favors offensively. Hope that Mike Reiss’ report is true and that it’s nothing too serious. Otherwise, you’ll have fans already complaining about the Patriots signing Hunter Henry in the first place. Gosh, we don’t need that right now!
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