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Patriots LB Jahlani Tavai suffers apparent leg injury at training camp

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FOXBORO -- Earlier this week, Bill Belichick expressed some high hopes for fourth-year linebacker Jahlani Tavai. Those plans might have taken a major hit on Thursday.

Tavai suffered an apparent left leg injury during training camp practice, requiring the assistance of the training staff to get off the field before being evaluated on the sideline.

The 25-year-old Tavai was a second-round pick (43rd overall) out of Hawaii by the Lions in 2019. He signed with the Patriots last year after getting cut by Detroit, playing in 13 games and recording 14 tackles while playing primarily on special teams.

Earlier this week, in an interview on SiriusXM, Belichick said he envisioned a bigger role on defense for Tavai this season.

"I think he'll be a big factor for us this year, on all four downs -- not just defensively but also in the kicking game," Belichick said.

The extent of Tavai's injury was obviously not immediately known.

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