Patriots’ Adrian Phillips Reacts to Friend’s Severe Leg Injury

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The New England Patriots‘ Adrian Phillips and Quandre Diggs were college teammates at Texas and both are natives of the Lonestar state. They work out together in the offseason and their friendship appears to be more like a brotherhood.

That explains Phillips’ emotional reaction to the news of Diggs’ gruesome leg injury on Sunday. ESPN’s Mike Reiss captured this clip of a saddened Phillips talking about his friend’s injury.

The official news regarding the injury was to be expected. According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Diggs suffered a broken fibula and a dislocated ankle. Diggs’ teammate Tyler Lockett stayed with him as the former was visibly shaken by the injury.

Phillips took to Twitter to express his frustration with Diggs’ injury.

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There are a number of factors that make Diggs’ injury all the more sad. There’s the obvious severity and the unfortunate feelings of seeing another human being injured, but there’s also some more specific details.

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Quandre Diggs is Known as a Hard Worker

No matter who you speak to among the NFL player fraternity, they all seem to regard Diggs as a hard worker. The two-time Pro-Bowler is known for his physical style of play. Patriots fans may know him for this crushing hit on N’Keal Harry that sent the New England WR to concussion protocol.


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Diggs reached out to Harry to apologize for the hit saying it “was never his intention to hurt anybody.”

Harry also said, per NESN’s Zack Cox that he didn’t think the hit was intentional.

The love and respect for Diggs seems to run deep throughout the NFL player base.


Diggs Was Nine Minutes From Free Agency

Diggs had worked very hard to have a strong year to set himself up for a free-agent payday. The Seahawks were 6-10 and clearly out of the playoff picture in Week 18, and the injury happened with 9 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

If he gets through the fourth quarter unscathed, the major conversation around Diggs this morning is about his place as a free-agent safety. As it is, Diggs is facing a long recovery from an injury that threatens his effectiveness moving forward.

KDRV’s Cameron Derby drops a gem to remind sports fans who are critical of college players who forego college bowl games to prepare for the NFL Draft. Every football player is truly on a play-by-play status.

There is at least some good news surrounding Diggs’ injury. Apparently, the first report indicates there is no ligament damage.

Hopefully, Diggs can recover completely and return to the football sooner rather than later. There is already an outcry from some Seahawks fans who want the team to offer Diggs an extension, despite his injury.

We will have to see how things shake out, but the next few months will be crucial for Diggs.

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