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Patriots News: Trent Brown Ruled Out for Week 2 vs. Jets with Calf Injury

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 18, 2021

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The New England Patriots announced Saturday that they'll be without starting right tackle Trent Brown for Sunday's game at the New York Jets.

Brown was limited in practice Friday because of a calf injury, which kept him out of Wednesday's and Thursday's practices.

ESPN's Mike Reiss noted how Brown's absence will impact the 28-year-old's salary:

Mike Reiss @MikeReiss

Starting right tackle Trent Brown (right calf strain) has been downgraded to out, and Yasir Durant is a top candidate to start in his place Sunday vs. the Jets.<br><br>The absence is costly for Brown, whose contract gives him a chance to earn up to $2 million in per-game roster bonuses

The Las Vegas Raiders traded Brown to the Patriots in March amid their offensive line overhaul. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Brown restructured his contract to earn $11 million this season.

The calf problem surfaced in New England's 17-16 loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 1. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Brown, who played just seven snaps, per Pro Football Reference, had suffered a strained calf and was day-to-day.

Mark Daniels @MarkDanielsPJ

Trent Brown has his right calf wrapped up <a href="https://t.co/0mV46iMgjB">pic.twitter.com/0mV46iMgjB</a>

As for Sunday's matchup, the Jets pass rush took a big hit when Carl Lawson ruptured his Achilles before the regular season. John Franklin-Myers recorded the team's only sack of Sam Darnold as it fell 19-14 to the Carolina Panthers in its opener.

Still, Mac Jones is a rookie making just his second start. To that end, losing a starting tackle clearly presents a problem.

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