Joe Thuney and Justin Herron leave Patriots-49ers game with ankle injuries

Thuney had played every offensive snap this season.

Joe Thuney left Sunday's game with an ankle injury.
Joe Thuney left Sunday's game with an ankle injury. –Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

New England offensive linemen Joe Thuney and Justin Herron left Sunday’s Patriots-49ers game in the second half with ankle injuries and didn’t return.

Thuney, who committed his first penalty since 2018 shortly before the injury, was slow to get up after a play in the third quarter. He initially went to the blue medical tent, then eventually he had to head back to the locker room.

The 27-year-old left guard, who has been one of the Patriots’ most consistent players all year, had played every offensive snap this season. He was officially listed as questionable but didn’t re-enter.

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According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Thuney suffered a low-ankle sprain that’s “believed to be minor.”

In Thuney’s absence, Michael Onwenu shifted to left guard and Justin Herron entered at right tackle.

Herron, a rookie, then left with an ankle injury of his own and didn’t return. A new offensive line combination of Isaiah Wynn, Hjalte Froholdt, David Andrews, Shaq Mason, and Onwenu emerged in the fourth quarter.

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