New England Patriots pass rusher, Trey Flowers, left early in the first quarter of their game against the Jaguars after taking a scary hit to the head in an accidental collision with teammate Keionta Davis.He walked off the field on his own and was evaluated for a concussion. The team ruled Flowers out for the rest of the game early in the second half.
Flowers was drafted by the Patriots in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Arkansas. He essentially redshirted his rookie season, but has quickly evolved into one of the more impactful pass rushers for the Patriots. Last season, Flowers was able to total 6.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits and 24 pressures. He's also led the team in sacks both in 2016 and 2017, while proving he can also come up in the clutch as evidence of his two and a half sacks in Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.
Without Flowers rushing in from the edge, the Patriots struggled to generate much pressure on Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles.
The Patriots also lost starting safety Patrick Chung to a concussion on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Chung was in coverage on the Jaguars' final offensive play of the second quarter -- a 4-yard touchdown pass from Blake Bortles to tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins -- when he was chasing Seferian-Jenkins to the left side of the end zone and made contact with receiver Dede Westbrook, who was running an inside-breaking route.
It was unclear if that was the play on which Chung -- who was also serving as the team's primary punt returner in the game -- sustained a concussion. Veteran Duron Harmon took over Chung's duties on defense in the second half.