Patriots' Michel heads to locker room with knee injury

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski

Gordon caught four passes for 100 yards.

The versatile tight end has 26 catches for 405 yards and a touchdown in six games this season. He was listed as questionable, but Rapoport says he is now doubtful to play.

"I'm excited to see where we're going", Brady said Monday on his weekly hit with WEEI radio.

With the game tied at 24 in the third quarter, the Bears lined up for a punt. And it wasn't much different going against Brady and the Patriots.

But when the Patriots had to have a conversion on fourth-and-1 from the Chicago 42-yard line three plays after the penalty, Brady looked one place.

He was matched up in single coverage with CB Kyle Fuller but hauled in the huge 19-yarder for a first down, having his helmet knocked off in the process. The Bears turned that into a 17-7 lead.

"I had it matched up on the one-on-one and he just went up and got it", Brady said. He ended up with it, so it was a great play. "Just got to keep doing it".

"We need to make improvements", Brady said. "So we really needed that". "I didn't have the angle on the goal line". The Patriots have yet to officially rule him out, hoping for a change in health before Sunday's game. Yes, two special teams touchdowns were backbreaking, and the defense struggled with the Patriots' ability to get the ball out quick and efficiently do the simple things right.

The wild ride that this Sunday afternoon game turned out to be was encapsulated by the final play. He's come in, and he's worked hard. To make matters worse, rookie running back Sony Michel left the game because of a knee injury in the second quarter.

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On offense, Rob Gronkowski was at home in Foxboro dealing with ankle and back injuries.

That's when the Patriots special-teams unit stepped up again. "Before I knew it, I was just flat on my back".

With multiple important players on the injury report, Tom Brady and the Patriots are going to face one of the best defenses in the National Football League in the Chicago Bears at less than 100 percent.

Barner has played no more than 12 percent of the team's offensive snaps since Week 4 (when Burkhead was out). When we're playing even better, we can beat teams like that.

And yet it's still pretty remarkable that the Patriots landed him for as cheaply as they did, tantamount to a sixth-round pick in net value. "In years to come he's going to be a hell of a player".

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 21, 2018: Sony Michel of the New England Patriots carries the football in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

But at the very least for this season, he has given the Patriots a shot in the arm offensively.

Gronkowski has not missed a game all season.

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