Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne tore his ACL in Sunday’s loss at Miami and will miss the rest of the season, according to a source.
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There is some hope Bourne could recover in time for the start of training camp next summer, though not necessarily with the Patriots. He is scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency this spring.
Bourne is the Patriots’ leading receiver in all major categories, with 37 catches for 406 yards and four touchdowns this season. The 28-year-old got hurt on a sideline tackle in Sunday’s fourth quarter. He received medical attention on the field and the sideline before walking into the locker room, at which time he was ruled out for the rest of the game.
Without him, the Pats’ receiver depth is down to DeVante Parker, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Demario Douglas, Jalen Reagor and Tyquan Thornton. Parker suffered a head injury in Sunday’s game and did not return, while Thornton was a healthy scratch. Bourne should soon on injured reserve, which will create an open roster spot.