Trey Flowers had a pretty big weekend.
The defensive end was absent from Patriots practice on Friday, generating some mild panic regarding his status for Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. But thanks to his Instagram post, it’s clear that Flowers’ absence wasn’t injury related at all.
Flowers welcomed his new daughter, Shylo Reign Flowers, on Friday. He shared a picture of her swaddled in, of course, a flowery ensemble on Instagram Friday night.
The 25-year-old was active for Sunday’s 24-10 win over the Vikings and notched a sack on Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, bringing his season total to 4.5. The Patriots turned their ensuring possession into a touchdown, clinching the game and a winning record for this season.
“It’s always special when you bring a child into this world,” Flowers said on Sunday. “It’s actually my second [child]. Being able to go see my child born and then to come back and be able to play the game that I love and contribute, it’s always a blessing.”
Flowers contributed to some of the most important defensive plays of Sunday’s game, helping New England to extend its record to 9-3 ahead of next week’s division game against the Miami Dolphins.
“We have to keep on working,” Flowers said. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’ll just always continue to climb, continue to grind, and get better each and every week. It’s not getting any easier, so we just have to stay on top of it and continue to climb. I think a lot of guys are coming together and just want to get better. We understand the urgency we have now. Now it’s time for real football and to be on our ‘A’ games.”