Zach Sudfeld Injury: Updates on Patriots TE's Hamstring, Likely Return Date
New England Patriots tight end Zach Sudfeld was widely considered to be a significant contributor to the Pats' offense and a sleeper this year in fantasy football. However, he may miss some time after he pulled his hamstring in New England's 23-21 win over the Buffalo Bills in Week 1.
The Boston Globe's Ben Volin confirmed the injury that caused Sudfeld to miss the entire fourth quarter against Buffalo. It leaves Michael Hoomanawanui as the only healthy tight end for the Pats.
To further brighten your day, I'm told Zach Sudfeld pulled a hamstring yesterday. Didn't play in 4th quarter. Hooman only healthy TE— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 9, 2013
Sudfeld missed Week 2 against the Jets, but is active for Week 3.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 16
Josh Alper of NBC Sports passed along a statement from Bill Belichick discussing the status of injured Patriots players:
Coach Bill Belichick answered a question about Gronkowski by saying that the team sees all of their injured players as “day-to-day” on a Monday conference call and then was asked if Amendola is more week-to-week because of the nature of his injuries.
“I’d say really all of our players are day-to-day other than obviously [running back Shane] Vereen. I know the rest of them we’ll just take it day-to-day,” Belichick said.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 11
According to The Boston Globe's Shalise Manza Young, Zach Sudfeld is among a lengthy list of Patriots who are listed as questionable:
Matthew Slater (knee) added to report - he is questionable w/ Bolden, Dobson, Ebner, Harmon, Sudfeld, Svitek & Washington— shalise manza young (@shalisemyoung) September 11, 2013
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the rookie tight end's hamstring issues could cause him to miss New England's upcoming game against the New York Jets.
Sudfeld came into the regular season with somewhat high expectations. With Gronkowski and Hernandez out of the way, it opened the door for the former Nevada Wolfpack tight end to make an impact in New England's offense. Some fantasy experts had him as a viable option at the position.
Instead, he recorded zero catches for zero yards against the Bills.
Sudfeld was only targeted once the entire game. His poor performance could be chalked up to his hamstring causing him problems and limiting his effectiveness, but that remains unclear.
There's no telling how much of an issue it will be down the road.
Bill Belichick is notorious for how he handles injury reports, as he's incredibly secretive and isn't afraid to provide as little information as possible to the media. So while it wouldn't be surprising to see Sudfeld inactive in Week 2, it also wouldn't be surprising if he does play and goes on to put up big numbers.
In the meantime, his status will become clearer as the week goes on.
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