A Patriots star was seen using crutches following the Vikings defeat.

The New England Patriots had a difficult night because in addition to losing yesterday's hard-fought game against the Minnesota Vikings, they also might have lost one of their

most crucial offensive players.Damien Harris, the standout running back for the Patriots, was reportedly spotted using crutches in the locker room following their 33-26 defeat,

according to Patriots source Chris Mason. During the game, Harris reportedly hurt his thigh.Harris was being used as a backup option to starter Rhamondre Stevenson before getting

hurt.He finished the game with five carries for 16 yards, but for the first time this year, he was not targeted in the passing game.

Next week's important game against the Buffalo Bills will undoubtedly be felt greatly by his absence. Down the stretch, Stevenson will need to maintain his supremacy.

Last year, the former third-round selection from Alabama led the Patriots in rushing yards and touchdowns with more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 15 ground goals.

Due to his flexibility as a rusher and receiver, Stevenson has mainly taken over the top position this season. If Harris doesn't recover fast and has some strong finishes,

it wouldn't be a great shock if this ends up being his final season in New England.Will Damien Harris return to the field this year?