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Patriots' DeVante Parker (knee) could be back after bye

New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker suffered a knee sprain in Sunday's Week 8 win over the New York Jets.

What It Means:

Parker injured his knee on his first and only play of the game. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Parker avoided major damage and will likely only miss one game, if any at all. The Patriots face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 9 and then have a bye in Week 10, so they may decide to hold Parker out until they return. Tyquan Thornton and Kendrick Bourne will have more playing time again if Parker sits and there will be additional targets for Jakobi Meyers.

Thornton played 78% of the offensive snaps on Sunday and Bourne logged a 69% snap share, but they combined for just one catch on three targets. Meyers led the Patriots with 12 targets (37.5% share) and Damien Harris was second with 8 targets (25.0%).