Koutouvides leaves game with injury

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Patriots linebacker Niko Koutouvides left Wednesday's preseason finale after suffering an injury early in the third quarter.

Koutouvides came off the field with what looked like a right wrist injury. Trainers and team doctor Thomas Gill examined Koutouvides on the sideline before he headed to the locker room.

The Patriots are already thin at linebacker, having lost top reserve Dane Fletcher for the season.

UPDATE, 9:06 P.M.: After missing most of the third quarter, Koutouvides returned to the sidelines from the locker room.