One of the more bizarre stories that came out of the NFL Pro Bowl last week was New York Jets safety Jamal Adams tackling the New England Patriots mascot during practice.
The initial reports that Adams’ hit sent Pat Patriot to the hospital may have been overblown, but a recent report indicates that the man inside the costume didn’t emerge entirely unscathed.
According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the mascot is dealing with injuries to his jaw, neck, and back, and even had to be checked for a concussion.
Per the report, Pat Patriot will still be joining the team in Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII though.
Update on #Patriots mascot @PatPatriot following the leaping tackle from #Jets S Jamal Adams: The mascot is still dealing with jaw, neck, and back soreness and was checked for a concussion. As of this morning, he was still planning on being in Atlanta for the Super Bowl.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 28, 2019
Rapoport’s “injury report” on the mascot may have been a little tongue-in-cheek though.
As mentioned earlier, it is believed that the reports that the mascot was sent to the hospital were overblown as there was little evidence of the man having checked in to a hospital.
1) Yesterday, Adams tweets this video of him tackling Pat the Patriot ? at Pro Bowl Practice pic.twitter.com/lRtsaiaUTu
— Freezing Cold Takes (@OldTakesExposed) January 25, 2019
Nonetheless, the man in the Pat Patriot costume could still conceivable sue Adams if he suffers any lingering health issues.
Adams went on to win Defensive MVP of the Pro Bowl after the AFC won 27-7.
The Patriots, on the other hand, had no Pro Bowl participants as they are playing in their third straight Super Bowl and fourth in five years.