Patriots rookie linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who was injured during the team's rookie mini-camp last weekend, is out for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to a source close to the rookie.
The second of the team's two third-round picks in the 2009 NFL Draft, McKenzie was injured during the first of two practice sessions last Saturday. During a one-on-one coverage drill, McKenzie became tangled up with a running back and went down.
The rookie from the University of South Florida immediately grabbed for his right knee. He was eventually able to walk off the field on his power and watched the remainder of the morning practice from the sideline, but was not present when the Patriots practiced again in the afternoon.
The season-ending knee injury is the latest obstacle in McKenzie's hard-luck football career, which was temporarily suspended in college when a car accident involving his mother forced him to leave school and work at a hotel to take care of his family.