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Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett’s hamstring injury considered ‘minor’

Phillip Dorsett

New England Patriots wide receiver Phillip Dorsett left during the first quarter of his team’s win over the Washington Redskins on Sunday due to a hamstring injury, but the issue is only considered “minor,” according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. He is likely to be week-to-week.

Dorsett did not a log a catch before exiting.

On the season, Dorsett has tallied 15 catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Miami, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the first round (29th pick overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He played in 11 games during his rookie year and had a very limited role, catching just 18 passes for 225 yards and a score. Dorsett then showed improvement during his second season, hauling in 33 receptions for 528 yards and a couple of touchdowns.

Just before the start of the 2017 campaign, the Colts traded Dorsett to the Patriots for quarterback Jacoby Brissett.

Dorsett played only scarcely during his first season in New England, finishing with 12 catches for 194 yards. His role grew a bit last year, as he snared 32 balls for 290 yards while reaching the end zone three times.

With the Pats losing tight end Rob Gronkowski and wideouts Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, Dorsett’s opportunities were expected to increase, and they have thus far, as he has already been targeted more than half as much as he was in all of 2018.

The Patriots improved to 5-0 with their victory over the Redskins and will host the New York Giants next Sunday.