March 4, 2024

Patriots

The Patriots’ second-year guard went down with a knee harm on Sunday in opposition to the Chiefs.

Cole Unusual was injured throughout New England’s loss to Kansas Metropolis on Sunday. Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

Cole Stange’s 2023 season has come to an finish.

The Patriots introduced on Monday night that they positioned the second-year offensive lineman on injured reserve after he suffered a knee harm throughout New England’s 27-17 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday.

The 2022 first-round choose by New England wanted to be carted off the sector at Gillette Stadium within the first half of Sunday’s showdown with Kansas Metropolis, with the group instantly ruling him out for the remainder of the afternoon resulting from a knee harm.

Whereas New England didn’t have an replace on the 25-year-old guard’s situation on Monday morning, Unusual’s IR designation means he won’t return to the gridiron for the rest of the 2023 season.

A troublesome season for Unusual

It’s been a making an attempt season for Unusual, who battled a knee harm earlier this 12 months that restricted his preseason reps and restricted him to only 10 video games in 2023.

Regardless of some early struggles after returning to the sector, he turned a nook over the second half of the 12 months, solidifying an O-line that frequently labored in September and October.

“Yeah, lots,” Invoice Belichick stated Monday morning when requested about Unusual’s strides this season. “The extra he’s been in a position to keep on the sector, the higher he’s gotten. I believe he’s performed higher by way of the more moderen weeks of the season. He missed fairly a little bit of time there early within the 12 months in coaching camp, which slowed him down. However, I believe he’s been taking part in his finest soccer recently.”

Per Professional Soccer Focus grading system, three of Unusual’s 5 finest single-game PFF grades have come since Week 10 this season — in three losses in opposition to the Colts (No. 12), Giants (Nov. 26), and Chargers (Dec. 3). 

With Unusual sidelined, New England will seemingly flip to rookie Atonio Mafi for the remainder of the season at left guard.