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Andre Carter Injury Update: Patriots DE Headed To Injured Reserve

The New England Patriots lost their starting defensive end Andre Carter to an apparent knee injury in yesterday's game against the Denver Broncos. Carter was carted off the field toward the end of the first quarter while holding his knee, but it was reported shortly after the game that he would need surgery for a left quadriceps injury. It was not immediately known how long the surgery would keep Carter out, but it's being reported now that it will be season-ending: 

Patriots' defensive end Andre Carter will be placed on season-ending injured reserve due to the left quadriceps injury he suffered yesterday against the Broncos, a league source confirms. The move will likely come tomorrow.

Carter was signed as a free agent at the beginning of camp and leads the team with 10 sacks and 22 quarterback hits. Carter has 494 career tackles, 17 forced fumbles and 76 sacks in 162 career games. This is obviously a big blow to the Patriots' defense.