Friday Night Between the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots

Injury sustained during the second half of a pre-season game.

Thornton was ruled out for the rest of the game due to his injury.

Unfortunately, the latest update on his condition is not very encouraging.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the belief is that

Thornton suffered a collarbone injury. This injury will affect his rookie season.

Fortunately for Thornton, it looks like he avoided a season-ending injury.

The Patriots picked Thornton as the 50th pick in this year's draft.

With Thornton out for the foreseeable future,

The Patriots will need to rely on Nelson Agholor as their main deep threat.

He averaged 12.8 yards per reception during the 2021 season.