In the 27-20 loss to the Texans, running back Rex Burkhead suffered a serious knee injury.
Burkhead did not travel back with the team after the game and Bill Belichick said more tests would be done once he returned later on Monday, but according to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the initial fear was that he tore his ACL.
Speaking via video conference Monday, offensive captain David Andrews was asked about the injury and got rather emotional saying it's the worst part of playing the game.
“Look, just be be transparent and honest, it sucks and that is the worst part of this game," he said. "It’s tough. These guys you work with and played a lot with and it sucks. It’s an unfortunate reality of this game. It’s a violent game and unfortunately that happens.
“Prayers and thoughts with Rex. Especially after the game, it’s hard to process it during the moment and you have to put that behind you and you have to go play and then you get in the locker room and you see the guy and the emotion. It sucks. It’s the unfortunate part of this game.”
As for the team itself, which is now 4-6 on the year, Andrews said it's about putting in the work to get better and set a good example.
"I think the biggest thing you can show coming in on a day like today and your attitude, working," he said. "The only way I know to fix things is to go back to work. Whatever it may take, put a little extra in in certain areas. I think that can be the biggest example. You can say whatever you want, but if your actions don’t match those words then they are just words. I think that’s the biggest thing — learn from our mistakes, take responsibility for the things you messed up on and try to correct them.”
The Patriots will host the Cardinals Sunday.