St. Louis Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery left Thursday night's preseason game against New England with a right knee injury.
Avery, who led Rams wide receivers with 47 catches last season, was hurt with 1:32 left in the first half. He jumped for Sam Bradford's long pass down the right sideline, fell and clutched his right knee as the ball dropped incomplete.
Before Avery was carted off the field, NE wide receiver Wesley Welker went over and extended his hand. Welker is playing again after having surgery for a torn ligament in his left knee in February.
Avery, a second-round draft pick out of Houston in 2008, had 53 receptions as a rookie and started 28 games in his first two seasons. He caught two passes for 48 yards Thursday before being injured.
We had Avery rated 57th with a 16th round ADP. He had some late-round sleeper value, but this is an injury to monitor if you were targeting him in your draft. It looked serious on the field, and Avery quite likely could be out for some time, maybe even the season. If so, Laurent Robinson would likely be joined by Brandon Gibson in the starting lineup, with Danny Amendola working out of the slot. More on this tomorrow as it develops.