Patriots fifth-rounder Cameron McGrone could miss season due to 2020 torn ACL

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The Patriots signed free agent Harvey Langi on Monday to add to a fairly crowded linebacker room, but a 2020 injury to one of the team’s other offseason additions could keep him from vying for playing time.

Fifth-round pick Cameron McGrone tore his ACL during Michigan’s November 21 win over Rutgers. The timing of the injury makes it hard to project when McGrone might be able to resume football work and Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that it’s possible he’ll have to wait until 2022 to make his NFL debut.

“We’re not really sure what the expectation of availability is for him, but we’re prepared certainly to not have him available this year,” Belichick said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “There are no false expectations here. He should have a good recovery and be a good player; we’ll just have to see what the timing is on that.”

McGrone had 91 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, and a forced fumble in 16 total games for Michigan.

9 responses to “Patriots fifth-rounder Cameron McGrone could miss season due to 2020 torn ACL

  1. This was expected when he was drafted so no big deal…. Will be like getting an additional pick in next years draft that if fully healthy & at a position of great need next year…. Bill just planning ahead

  2. Fine by me.

    They had a 2nd rd grade on him and are loaded at linebacker.

    Me likes the results when BB red shirts targeted players like this.

  3. If I’m McGrone I’m thrilled to get drafted by a team that tells me to take my time to recover fully with no pressure or expectations.

  4. touchback6 says:
    May 11, 2021 at 8:47 am
    Fine by me.

    They had a 2nd rd grade on him and are loaded at linebacker.

    Me likes the results when BB red shirts targeted players like this.

    —–

    Yeah….Isaiah Wynn has turned out well…. he has been available to participate in 30% of the games since being drafted. I think even Sam Bradford had a higher percentage

  5. Isiah Wynn got his option picked up, I believe the powers in charge are happy with his play & the kid who didn’t have issues in college tore his Achilles in preseason his freshman year…. Could happen to ANYONE… so his participation stats are actually pretty skewed due to that….
    Not sure why you are so focused on the kid inEVERY ARTICLE posted about the Pats, but to each their own I guess, me personally, glad we got him!!!
    Go Pats!!!

  6. I guarantee p6 has no idea in his photographic(lol) memory what grade the Pats had on McGrone. They don’t even grade players like that. It was good value, and they were short roster spots, so potentially it’s a good pick.

    The Pats are loaded at LB? Yes, with question marks. Who makes the jump. Who can still play. Can’t wait for a fascinating season. Let’s see if BB can pull all these parts into a team. I say they give the Bills a run before getting a WC spot

  7. The Patriots history of drafting players with upside potential that had health injuries pre-dated Belichick’s head coaching with Curtis Martin being the first one I recall. That worked well.

    Under Belichick that strategy was used more often. Gronk, Cannon, Malcolm Mitchell all were big pluses (despite Mitchell’s shorten career he had some great performances in big games). There were also guys like Michel and Easley where the risk of doing it in the 1st round proved to be aggressive. It makes mire sense in later riunds

    Bill also has taken risks on players like Wilfork that slipped (just like he did in rounds two and three this year) that were not injury related.

    In short, Belichick looks for value.

  8. Few take on more injury risk than the GOAT, but then again maybe one or two others have his job security.

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