New England Patriots are likely to be given a boost with the expected news that tight end Rob Gronkowski will miss a maximum of one game with a knee injury.
Gronkowski was injured in the Patriots' 30-24 defeat to the Denver Broncos – the team's first loss of the season – on Sunday night after being hit by Darian Stewart while trying to catch a pass, and has undergone x-rays and an MRI scan.
The 26-year-old had to be stretchered off the field of play and refused to speak to reporters after the game, but a source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter: “We think he's going to be okay.”
Despite appearing in serious pain at the time, there is a possibility he could return for the Patriots next fixture against the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday.
The Patriots have managed to win 10 of their opening 11 fixtures this season despite being decimated by injuries for periods, and they are currently without wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, as well as running back Dion Lewis.
Speaking on Monday, Patriots quarter back Tom Brady told WEEI Radio: “He was in decent spirits, so that made me happy.
“I think they’ll figure out kind of what’s going on with him today and plan accordingly. Like I said, all our fingers are crossed that it’s nothing serious.”
Linebacker Dont'a Hightower also failed to finish the game after picking up an injury.
Hightower is understood to have sprained his MCL and is likely to miss a couple of weeks in what will be a huge blow, with the Patriots' defence generally struggling when he has not been on the pitch.