Oct 29, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: WR Kendrick Bourne returning to Patriots on 3-year deal

Wide receiver Kendrick Bourne has agreed to re-sign with the New England Patriots on a three-year deal, ESPN reported Sunday.

Bourne’s new contract could be worth up to $33 million, and it also features a $4.2 million signing bonus, per the report.

Bourne, 28, was limited to eight games (five starts) last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a loss to the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 29. He had 37 catches for 406 yards and four touchdowns before having his campaign cut short.

In 99 career games (25 starts) with the San Francisco 49ers (2017-20) and Patriots, Bourne has amassed 264 receptions for 3,409 yards and 21 TDs.

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Oct 22, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA;  New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) scores a touchdown past Buffalo Bills cornerback Taron Johnson (7) during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Pats WR Kendrick Bourne tears ACL, done for ’23

New England Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne suffered a torn right ACL in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins and will miss the rest of the season, ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday.

Per the report, tests performed Monday morning revealed the extent of the injury, which has an estimated recovery time of six to eight months.

Bourne caught three passes for 36 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. He suffered the injury on a tackle in the fourth quarter.

Bourne, 28, leads the Patriots in receptions (37), yards (406) and touchdowns (four). In this third season in New England, Bourne was closing in on last season’s yardage total of 439 and already surpassed his one TD reception from 2022.

He played his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (2017-20) before joining the Patriots. In 99 career games (25 starts), Bourne has gained 3,409 yards and scored 21 touchdowns.

Bourne is playing in the final season of a three-year, $15 million contract and will become a free agent in 2024.

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Oct 29, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker (1) runs with the football against Miami Dolphins safety Brandon Jones (29) during the second quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots WRs Kendrick Bourne, DeVante Parker ruled out

New England Patriots receivers Kendrick Bourne (knee) and DeVante Parker (head) departed Sunday’s game against the host Miami Dolphins and were ruled out.

Bourne went down early in the fourth quarter while grabbing his right knee after an Eli Apple tackle along the sideline. Bourne was able to walk to the sideline but was soon ruled out.

Bourne had three catches for 36 yards and a touchdown. He entered the game as the Patriots’ leading receiver with 34 catches for 370 yards and three touchdowns.

Parker was the recipient of a helmet-to-helmet hit by Dolphins safety DeShon Elliott when attempting to catch a pass from Mac Jones. He left the game with 6:21 left in the third quarter and was quickly ruled out of the game.

Elliott was not called for a penalty.

Parker had one reception for 14 yards. On the season, the ninth-year pro has 15 receptions for 158 yards. He spent his first seven seasons with the Dolphins before playing the past two for the Patriots.

Earlier in the game, New England linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

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Feb 2, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; San Francisco 49ers receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) runs after a reception against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Charvarius Ward (35) in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

49ers WR Bourne activated from COVID-19 list

The San Francisco 49ers activated wide receiver Kendrick Bourne from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and he will be available to play Sunday at New Orleans.

It has been a roller coaster couple of weeks for Bourne, who missed last Thursday’s 34-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers after testing positive on Nov. 4.

He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list after that initial test, but received negative results the following two days and was activated.

The cycle started again Monday after another positive test landed him back on the reserve/COVID-19 list. He did not practice Wednesday or Thursday but was cleared to practice on Friday following multiple negative results, ESPN reported.

“Positive, negative, negative, positive, negative,” coach Kyle Shanahan said Wednesday. “Those things happen, I guess, and we’re all just dealing with it.”

Bourne, 25, has 25 receptions for 352 yards and one touchdown in eight games this season.

In 51 career games with the 49ers since 2017, Bourne has 113 catches for 1,454 yards and 10 scores.

The 49ers (4-5) have lost two straight heading into Sunday’s road game against the Saints (6-2).

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October 18, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne (84) is tackled by Los Angeles Rams free safety John Johnson (43) during the second quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

49ers WR Bourne back on COVID list; CB Sherman can practice

San Francisco wide receiver Kendrick Bourne is back on the reserve/COVID-19 list, landing there Monday for the second time in less than a week.

The 49ers placed Bourne on the list last Wednesday after he tested positive, shutting down the team facilities in the process per league protocols. Contact tracing also led to receivers Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel, along with offensive tackle Trent Williams, going on the COVID-19 list, as well, as all four players missed San Francisco’s 34-17 loss to Green Bay on Thursday.

The club activated all four players on Friday after Bourne registered back-to-back negative tests.

The 49ers did not provide any additional information on why Bourne was placed back on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Bourne, 25, has 25 catches for 352 yards and a touchdown this season. He has 113 grabs for 1,454 yards and 10 scores in four NFL seasons, all with the 49ers.

Among the other moves the team announced Monday was the opening of a 21-day practice window for Richard Sherman as the star cornerback tries to rejoin the team following a calf injury in Week 1 that landed him on injured reserve. San Francisco has three weeks to move Sherman to the active roster or be forced to place him on injured reserve for the rest of the season.

In his third season with the 49ers, Sherman, 32, has 102 tackles, three interceptions, one sack and 15 passes defended with San Francisco. He had 32 interceptions in seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Also on Monday, the 49ers promoted receiver River Cracraft and safety Johnathan Cyprien to the active roster from the team’s practice squad and signed receiver Chris Finke to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media