Aqib Talib has been playing out of his mind for the New England Patriots. The shutdown cornerback was a critical component of the Patriots defense of Jimmy Graham on Sunday and the Patriots have placed trust in Talib to cover every opponent's number one receiving threat.
That is why Patriot fans held their breath when Talib limped off the field due to a non-contact injury and did not return to the game.
Per ProFootballTalk, Talib did suffer a hip injury, specifically a strained hip flexor:
Per a league source, Talib has suffered a strained hip flexor. In 2010, he tore a tendon from a bone in his hip, which knocked him out from December through the end of the season.
Early indications are this injury isn’t serious.
Those early indications are a relief but we'll know much more on Wednesday when Talib speaks to reporters. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald was in the locker room today and briefly saw Talib:
Talib walking around OK in the locker room, which is good news. Bad news is they don't play games in locker rooms. Said he'd talk Wednesday.
The Patriots also lost Jerod Mayo after he and Darren Sproles had a violent collision. As soon as more is known about his status, we'll pass it along as well.