The New England Patriots may be going to the Super Bowl, but their mascot is headed to the training room.

The person inside the Pat Patriot costume sought medical attention Thursday after Jets safety Jamal Adams tackled New England’s mascot at the NFL Pro Bowl Skills Challenge.

"He [the mascot] was running around and everybody was booing him, so I said, ‘You know what? Let me go tackle him,’ Adams said. "I didn’t hit him that hard, man. All jokes aside, I didn’t hit him that hard. I don’t know what’s really going on, but they did tell me he’s in the hospital. My intention was never to hurt him. it was all about just a joke but I definitely want to check on him and make sure everything is good. At the end of the day we were out here just having fun and it wasn’t nothing intentionally to try to hurt the guy."

Sports Illustrated reported that a Patriots spokesperson said Pat Patriot emerged from the incident with nothing more than a few aches and pains.  

Pat’s Twitter account appears to show the mascot has made a full recovery following the incident.  

 

Andy Berg is Executive Editor of Athletic Business.