New England tight end Jeremy Hill, who has been out since Week 12 with a knee injury, is in stable condition and is expected to be OK, according to coach Bill Belichick.
Hill is the latest Patriots tight end to be out with a serious knee injury and was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2015.
Hill has been sidelined for a number of weeks with an ankle injury and missed the entire 2016 season.
He is scheduled to make his season debut Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He will be joined on the sidelines by Patriots running backs Aaron Dobson and Chris Hogan.
Hill will likely miss the Patriots game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, when he is expected in the team’s practice facility.
Hill was signed to a four-year, $12.5 million deal with the Patriots before the start of the 2016 season, but he had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in September.
He was not able to practice in early October because of a sprained ankle.
Hill started eight games for the Patriots in 2016, and he had 17 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
He had 11 carries for 53 yards against the New York Jets in Week 1.
He has scored nine touchdowns this season.