FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Rodney Harrison's career is almost certainly over after the hard-hitting but injury-plagued safety of the New England Patriots tore his right thigh muscle.
"It appears as though the rehab could take 8 to 10 months," a person familiar with the injury told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not made an official announcement.
"For all intents and purposes, his career is over," the person, who confirmed the nature of the injury, said in an e-mail Tuesday.
Harrison, a 15-year veteran, two-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion, tore the quadriceps muscle without being hit while chasing scrambling quarterback Jay Cutler on the last play of the third quarter of the Patriots' 41-7 win over the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
I'll hope for the best, because it'd be a huge shame to see him go out like this.
The preseason is just filled with injuries. Where do we start? Well, we can start with my Chargers. Ryan Mathews lasted a whole ONE FREAKIN' CARRY before leaving with a shoulder injury. That's a nice omen for the coming season.