I think everyone knew it was coming, but no one wanted to hear it. NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports:
It did not look good Monday night when Patriots safety Rodney Harrison dropped to the ground, and it is not.
Harrison suffered a season-ending, and potentially career-ending, torn quad muscle.
Harrison, who turns 36 in December and whose contract with the Patriots is up after this season, could well have played his last down Monday night. When he was carted off the field, Harrison waved to the fans at Gillette Stadium as if he knew he was saying goodbye.
Many will root for Harrison to return, and it’s always possible he could. But if he decides he wants to play, he will be attempting an improbable comeback. This is a tough injury to overcome for an aging safety.
If he never plays again, Harrison will garner Hall of Fame consideration. A former fifth-round pick out of Western Illinois in 1994, Harrison went to two Pro Bowls, won two Super Bowls and is the only player in NFL history with at least 30 interceptions and 30 sacks.
I think everyone really does wish Rodney Harrison the best. While opposing teams made have hated him for his “dirty hits,” Rodney really was a class professional. I personally think that he was one of the very best to ever play the position, and I think he does deserve Hall of Fame status.
All we can do is cross our fingers and hope that Rodney recovers quickly. If everything works out, maybe he will return some day… but for now, his health is the only important factor.