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Report: Andre Carter expected to need surgery

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Patriots defensive end Andre Carter was carted off the field Sunday. The early word on his injury is not promising.

Josina Anderson of talked to Carter’s agent Carl Poston, who clearly hasn’t been briefed on the Patriots’ injury policy.

“It looks like Andre has a quad-related injury that will require surgery,” Poston said.

Losing Carter would be a very difficult injury for the Patriots defense to deal with. He has been their best pass rusher this year, and there really isn’t another player that is close.

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29 Responses to “Report: Andre Carter expected to need surgery”
  1. knn9413 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:02 PM if the defense wasn’t already bad..if we even make it beyond the first round of playoffs, I would be surprised..

  2. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 18, 2011 9:04 PM


  3. mannynh says: Dec 18, 2011 9:06 PM

    Carter will surely be missed. He was rock solid all year and a great veteran presense in the locker room BUT Anderson came in and filled in nicely. And he’s had his moments throughout the year, so much so that I’d say he would qualify as being close to Carter as one of the Pats best pass rushers Gregggg.

  4. allisab says: Dec 18, 2011 9:07 PM

    HUGE blow to the already decrepit defense. Hope he quickly recovers and returns to the Pats next season!

  5. 8man says: Dec 18, 2011 9:14 PM

    Sucks. But sounds like he’ll be back next year.

    Next man up!

  6. clbrett06 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:16 PM

    Coming from a Jets Fan, hope everything goes well big guy.

  7. tb12eatitbitches says: Dec 18, 2011 9:23 PM

    Too bad one of the good guys in this league.

  8. richm2256 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:25 PM

    No big deal for the Miami and Buffalo games, then a possible bye week.

    Not good for the playoffs

  9. patsfiend says: Dec 18, 2011 9:26 PM

    Darnit! Willie, get on the stationary bike, man, you can play 3rd downs for the Pats for the playoffs. NFL Network will still be there after you come back.

  10. backindasaddle says: Dec 18, 2011 9:29 PM

    This is too bad. Andre is finally on a winning team, was playing well and enjoying a resurgence at the end of his career. Sorry to see him be injured.

    With regards to Carl Poston, he probably did it on purpose just to stick it to the Pats. There is no love loss between Carl and the Patriots.

  11. msclemons67 says: Dec 18, 2011 9:38 PM

    That’s a real bummer. Andre Carter is a truly good dude and it looked like he had finally found a good spot to play.

  12. jnbnet says: Dec 18, 2011 9:48 PM

    Too bad….But you will not hear the Patriots cry about it. Other than the first quarter, the D played well. As Bill would say, “It is what it is.”

  13. Henry says: Dec 18, 2011 9:57 PM

    The Patriots will definitely want him back next year. He was a leader on and off the field, always had the motor runnin’ full speed!

  14. nflwatcher says: Dec 18, 2011 10:01 PM

    Devensive line is place where Pats do have some depth. Savvy veteran Gerard Warren is a decent replacement for Carter and Pats DE Mark Anderson stepped up his game today with 2 Sacks and 1 FF.

  15. 6ball says: Dec 18, 2011 10:06 PM


    A quad injury that requires surgery which in Patriots terminology means “probable “.


  16. indywilson40 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:06 PM

    8man had 19 thumbs up and 0 thumbs down. Too bad the Pats never got to 19-0.

  17. dienavinjohnson says: Dec 18, 2011 10:09 PM

    It’s unfortunate that Andre Carter had to experience this injury-especially with his parents in the stands to watch him play. While this will definitely have a negative impact on the Patriots defensive line, that group is the deepest, most talented part of their defense.

    I didn’t realize that he was represented by the Postons. I guess he would have been a one and done in New England based on their negotiating history and his big season. In any event, best wishes for a speedy recovery and good luck wherever he ends up playing next year.

  18. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 18, 2011 10:10 PM

    Losing Carter would be a very difficult injury for the Patriots defense to deal with. He has been their best pass rusher this year, and there really isn’t another player that is close.

    Mark Anderson did a pretty good job as a replacement. Last I checked he had 2 almost 3 sacks.

  19. mpops86 says: Dec 18, 2011 10:10 PM

    That’s going to hurt for sure, but the Pats D hasn’t exactly been stable even with him in the fold. The line has been sub-par but the secondary is atrocious. Are they really going to get worse by having Mark Anderson collapsing the pocket instead of Carter? Fewer sacks, but he can still get after it.

  20. ramjam28 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:19 PM

    No! I wish him a quick recovery. Can the patriots somehow please get Richard Seymore back!!

  21. truetrue85 says: Dec 18, 2011 11:53 PM

    Surely a blow to the defense, but the pass rush seemed to pick it up when Anderson replaced Carter. Anderson is quicker off the snap and more agile in his persuit of the passer in my opinion. He brings a spark to this front 7 and will come up big in the playoffs mark my word.

  22. kacapaco says: Dec 18, 2011 11:57 PM

    Sorry for that hard working fella, but wondering how an already stinking D can get worse.

  23. CKL says: Dec 19, 2011 3:15 AM

    backindasaddle says:
    Dec 18, 2011 9:29 PM

    With regards to Carl Poston, he probably did it on purpose just to stick it to the Pats. There is no love loss between Carl and the Patriots.
    I about puked when I heard his agent was Poston. I agree he probably did it on purpose. He’s the reason Milloy didn’t end his career as a Patriot and probably the reason Ty Law called BB a liar to the media.
    I feel so bad for Carter. He’s been a HUGE positive for the Pats on and off the field. Get well soon, Mr. Carter93.

  24. BernardPollardIsAnAss says: Dec 19, 2011 8:36 AM

    That’s a real bummer. I thought it was an ACL as soon as he went down, the way he was grabbing at his knee and all. It’s a big loss, but they got after Tebow just fine in the latter part of the game. There are no two ways around it, this defense is in tough shape. I was just glad to see them come out and make some adjustments in the 2nd quarter and 2nd half and play like they were embarrassed about how everyone is laughing at them. That had to happen. Get well Mr. Carter. We’ll see you in the spring.

  25. Patskrieg dot com says: Dec 19, 2011 9:38 AM

    Has anyone proposed the idea of chopping off Shaun Ellis’ leg and giving it to Carter? From what we’ve seen of Ellis all year he’s barely using it.

  26. ytsejamer1 says: Dec 19, 2011 9:42 AM

    backindasaddle and CKL are 100% correct…those Poston brothers or cousins or whatever they are are pretty nasty agents. There’s no love lost between them and the Pats with Milloy and Law is previous clients. They are probably one of the reasons Law never came back with the Pats even though BB reached out to him many times.

    Too bad for Carter…he was a beast for us and more than we ever expected. Hope he recovers quickly and completely…for himself first and foremost.

  27. pats54 says: Dec 19, 2011 10:07 AM

    Hey indywilson40, shouldn’t you be more concerned about your own team? You know, the one that barely won a game this week and is slated to go 1-18?

  28. homelanddefense says: Dec 19, 2011 12:29 PM

    Sucks big time, he is one of the FEW playmakers on that defense. And without big plays like sacks and turnovers the d barely stops anyone.

    Anderson can provide similar (not the same) pass rush, but will get run over in the ground game, Carter was stout against the run. That will be a huge difference.

  29. bozosforall says: Dec 19, 2011 7:23 PM

    Feel bad for the player but not bad for the team.

    One and done in the playoffs once again.

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