WR Josh Boyces knee injury is expected to keep him out 2-3 weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the injury.
The Patriots are trying to replace Boyce with a second-round pick and the injury would make it more likely the team would wait to pick another tight end.
Boyce suffered the injury Sunday against the Bills and did not practice Tuesday, a source told ESPN.
Boyces left the game against Buffalo with what the Patriots said was a calf injury.
He returned to practice Wednesday and was cleared to play Tuesday night, but coach Bill Belichick said he wouldn’t know for a week if Boyce would play Thursday night against the Dolphins.
Boyles second season with the Patriots came to an end Sunday after he was injured in the second half of the game.
Boycs injury is a setback for the Patriots offense and has hurt Boyce’s stock.
Boyes third season with New England was cut short by an ankle injury.
Boycys injury will cost Boycces stock in free agency and could force the Patriots to trade him before the start of the draft.