DE Carter suffers left knee injury

DENVER -- Patriots defensive end Andre Carter suffered a left knee injury late in the first quarter of Sunday's game against Denver. New England announced he will not return.

Carter was defending the run when he fell to the ground, clutching his left knee. He got attention from trainers on the field before being loaded onto a cart and wheeled off the field.

Carter has been one of the team's top defensive players this season with 10 sacks through the first 13 games of the season.