FOXBORO, Mass. - Brandon Gibson immediate knew something was wrong the second he jumped for a high pass from Ryan Tannehill in the first-quarter of Sunday's 27-17 loss.
The Miami Dolphins' slot receiver felt a sharp pain in his left minute and later learned he had suffered a season-ending injury.
“They said it doesn’t look too good, so it doesn’t look good," said Gibson, who caught a 4-yard touchdown pass in the opening quarter. "I'm going to keep my head up and try to have the best attitude."
Gibson, a major free agent addition, left the Dolphins locker room walking with the assistance of crutches. He'll undergo an MRI on Monday to identify the exact extent of his knee injury. But it is believed he suffered a ligament tear.
“Each and every game was a good experience for me. I feel like I was getting better," said Gibson, who had caught 30 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns. "But this kind of puts a damper on it now. I’ll take from my experiences and learn from it.”
Gibson, who was replaced by Rishard Matthews, is the second receiver Miami has lost to a knee injury this year. The Dolphins also lost Armon Binns to a knee injury during training camp.
Matthews, who caught three passes for 30 yards against the Patriots, is the only available receiver on Miami's 53-man roster because the Dolphins only carry four on the roster.
Making matters worse, Brian Tyms and Marvin McNutt, the team's two practice squad receivers in the season's first two months, were recently claimed by other NFL teams. The Panthers claimed McNutt three weeks ago, and Tyms was claimed by the Browns last week. The Dolphins have replaced them with Nate Palmer and Ryan Spadola.
General Manager Jeff Ireland will need to add another receiver to the team's 53-man roster. It is likely that he'll promote Palmer, who was signed last week, or Spadola, up from the practice squad to replace Gibson when he's placed on injured reserve.