The Patriots linebacker unit took a hit in the team's first preseason game Thursday night.
Dane Fletcher has a torn ACL, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fletcher went down in the first quarter after playing on the punt coverage team. He needed to be helped off the field and couldn't put pressure on his leg.
More to come . . .
FOXBORO -- The Patriots took different approaches as the National Anthem played on Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Many, including safety and captain Devin McCourty, took a knee. Others stood and linked arms.
On the opposite sideline, it appeared as though every member of the Texans stood on the sidelines and linked arms.
Those joining McCourty on a knee included Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Lawrence Guy, Johnson Bademosi, Alan Branch, Brandon King, Malcom Brown and rookies Deatrich Wise and Adam Butler.
Among those linking arms were Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Cassius Marsh, Matthew Slater, David Harris and Dwayne Allen.