Latest Christian Barmore injury report is positive one for Patriots


Patriots rookie defensive lineman Christian Barmore underwent an MRI on Monday and it revealed no major injury -- an encouraging sign for New England as it prepares for Saturday night's AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.

NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported an update on Barmore's status:

Barmore suffered a knee injury during Sunday's Week 18 loss to the Miami Dolphins when he collided with teammate Joejuan Williams late in the fourth quarter.

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The Alabama product was carted to the locker room for initial tests.

Barmore has played a key role in both the Patriots pass rush and run defense this season. It would be a huge setback for the Patriots defense if he's limited or unavailable for this weekend's playoff game in Buffalo.

Kickoff on Saturday is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. ET.

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