While the New England Patriots are in California preparing for Sunday’s game at Oakland, linebacker Tedy Bruschi is back in Massachusetts undergoing tests on his left knee.
Bruschi is believed to have a torn medial collateral ligament that’s expected to sideline him for the rest of the regular season, a league source said Wednesday.
The Patriots could place Bruschi on injured reserve at any time now, or they could decide to wait in the hopes that they make it to the postseason and their inspirational linebacker can rejoin them.
But with New England needing to win each of its remaining three regular-season games, and with the Patriots already thin at the linebacker position, the team could decide it cannot afford to wait for Bruschi and sign another player.
It’s the Patriots choice, and it’s not a simple one. Yet few things have been simple in this season where the Patriots have continued to absorb one blow after another.