- By Josh Clark
New England Patriots Wide Receiver Tyquan Thornton is out indefinitely due to a collarbone injury, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Thornton was driven hard to the ground in Friday’s preseason game against the Panthers while trying to fight for extra yards.
The injury dampens what had been a promising start for the rookie who has flashed in Foxboro this summer.
Collarbone injuries can be difficult, season-ending injuries for athletes but with the NFL regular season still weeks away, that’s likely far less of a risk for the former Baylor wideout.
Details have not yet been released on the extent of Thornton’s injury.
A fracture often sidelines players for 10 or more weeks.
Nick Foles missed 8 games after breaking his collarbone in 2019 – but credited the “complete break” and follow-up surgery for enabling him to recover faster than he might have with a hairline fracture and natural recovery.
#Patriots rookie WR Tyquan Thornton, who was ruled out last night with a shoulder injury, suffered a collarbone injury, sources say. The promising campaign is now put on hold, though based on his timetable, the injury to the speedster is not season ending.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 20, 2022
Here was Tyquan Thornton’s lone catch tonight. Comes down pretty hard on that right shoulder. Didn’t show any initial signs of injury, though, and stayed in the game. pic.twitter.com/o14txnWvum— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 20, 2022
Thornton’s fantasy value knocks his sleeper status down a peg, with the speedster a potential stash and steal that you might be able to grab in your draft’s final round — or as a waiver wire pickup post-Week 1.
He was a Top 100 WR on our board (98) but that could have easily changed once the Patriots made a few cuts.
Now, it appears WRs like Nelson Agholar might be staying put.
We suspect Davante Parker might have the most to gain fantasy-wise from Thornton’s injury.
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