One of the worst possible scenarios the Patriots could face in their week four matchup against the Cowboys just happened in the first quarter.
As if being down Jack, Jonathan and Marcus Jones wasn't enough damage to the secondary, rookie standout Christian Gonzalez suffered what appears to be an arm injury after a good tackle on Tony Pollard. He was able to jog off the field on his own, heading to the blue medical tent, but then was seen going to the locker room for further evaluation.
The Cowboys, who had already been picking on Shaun Wade through two offensive drives, took advantage of Gonzalez's absence and immediately threw to CeeDee Lamb on the following play.
And, of course, because Myles Bryant was given the difficult task of slowing down an incredibly good receiver, Lamb was able to score the first touchdown of the day.
That put Dallas up 10-3 as the first quarter came to a close, with the Patriots' offense on the field hoping to tie it up quickly.
With a slim secondary even before the game began, remaining optimistic about Gonzalez is the way to go right now. He has been one of the best parts of the defense this season and has displayed lockdown corner traits already. They were really counting on him shutting down Lamb in this game, like he did with A.J. Brown, Tyreek Hill and Garrett Wilson.
There has been no real update yet regarding Gonzalez's condition, other than he is considered questionable with a shoulder injury.
Cross your fingers that it is not severe enough to keep him out of this game, especially since he's put on tremendous performances through three games so far in a rookie campaign that has had everyone around the league talking.
Let's hope we'll get a proper update at halftime.