In a disappointing turn of events, the New England Patriots not only lost to a division foe 31-17, but they also sustained numerous injuries during their matchup with the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne, whose season was tragically cut short, was one of the victims.
Early in the fourth quarter, Bourne, a 28-year-old standout and the Patriots’ most productive pass catcher this season, suffered a devastating torn ACL. The severity of the damage was confirmed by an MRI on Monday, necessitating a demanding six-month recuperation period for Bourne.
The New England Patriots organization is grappling with a profound loss, both on and off the field. Matthew Slater, the team captain, has expressed his heartfelt condolences, saying, “I’m devastated for Kendrick, truly. It’s never easy to witness one of your teammates facing such adversity, but in Kendrick’s case, it’s particularly poignant. He has overcome substantial challenges in recent years and displayed remarkable growth in his faith and personal character. It’s been a privilege to be a part of his journey.”
Slater continued, “Within our entire organization, Kendrick epitomizes authenticity. He remains genuine and true to himself day in and day out. His infectious energy and unwavering positivity are unmatched, and his absence will undoubtedly be deeply felt. I can’t think of anyone I’ve played with who radiates the kind of joy Kendrick does.”
Kendrick Bourne initially signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2017 before joining the New England Patriots in 2021. He quickly formed a close bond with Slater, and together, they enjoyed a successful rookie season with the Patriots. However, after a promising start to the season, Bourne’s progress was hindered by changes in the offensive coaching staff in the following season.
Bourne’s resurgence occurred in the early months of 2023. He returned to his former self and became Mac Jones’ primary target for this season.