Patriots DE Chase Winovich underwent hernia surgery back in February
Chase Winovich was able to put together an impressive rookie season with the New England Patriots. As he prepares for his second season, it has been revealed that Winovich underwent hernia surgery back in February, per Stan Grossfeld in the Boston Globe.
Despite undergoing surgery, it appears that he’s been recovering well in recent months. Therefore, there isn’t a reason to believe that the injury will affect him when the 2020 season kicks off.
On the other hand, it is unclear when or how Winovich sustained the injury that required surgery. If he was dealing with the injury during the 2019 season, his numbers from last season are a bit more impressive.
Similar to most rookies under Bill Belichick, Winovich didn’t get a chance to start in a game during the 2019 season. Still, New England’s third-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft was able to contribute 5.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hits. The only other rookie to produce those numbers under Belichick was Chandler Jones.
While players aren’t able to use team facilities to workout, Winovich is making the most of his offseason. The second-year edge rusher has been riding a Peloton bike and doing yoga to pass the time during the coronavirus pandemic.
Throughout the offseason, the Patriots lost quite a few key contributors on the defensive side of the ball. Provided that, Winovich may see an expanded role in his second year with the team.
The former third-round pick out of Michigan was able to flash potential as a rookie with the Patriots in 2019. Once he fully recovers from his hernia surgery, Winovich can turn his attention to building upon his rookie season.