Patriots News: Jonnu Smith Suffers Concerning Injury at Monday's OTAs

Adam Taylor McKillop
New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith suffered a concerning hamstring injury at Monday's OTAs.
New England Patriots TE Jonnu Smith suffered a concerning hamstring injury at Monday's OTAs. / Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

One of the biggest priorities for the New England Patriots this offseason was revamping the tight end position. Last season, Ryan Izzo was the leading TE on New England's roster but caught just 13 balls for 199 yards and 0 touchdowns. New England made a few splashes in free agency by acquiring tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.

While both are expected to have a big impact heading into the 2021 campaign, they've already seen a pair of injury scares early on at OTAs. It appears that Henry's lower body injury last week won't be substantial as he was a full participant on Monday.

However, Smith stopped practice early on Monday and Patriots beat reporter Doug Kyed reports it looked like a tweaked left hamstring.

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Nothing official has been released on Smith's injury, but Patriots fans will hope this is just a scare similar to what happened to Henry. A former Tennessee Titan, Smith signed a four-year, $50 million contract this offseason. He's recorded 400-plus receiving yards in each of the last two seasons including 8 touchdowns and 41 receptions last year.

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