Bill Belichick calls QB’s injury ‘serious’

NEW YORK — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Monday that quarterback Tom Brady will have surgery in New York City this week to repair a torn ACL suffered during Sunday’s 23-20 victory over the New York Jets.

Brady was unable to walk off the field after his second interception of the game and will be evaluated on a walk-through, he said.

“I don’t think there’s anything that would surprise me,” Belichick said of Brady’s status for the rest of the regular season.

“But if there is, I’d have to know about it.”

The Patriots (4-3) have lost six straight games after starting 3-0.

“Tom has been a huge part of our team and we’re so appreciative of his leadership, but obviously, I think it’s serious,” Belichick added.

The Patriots, who beat the Jets 24-17 on Sunday, are trying to extend their winning streak to eight games.

New England has lost three of its past four games.

“The best way for Tom to recover is to get an MRI and a CT scan,” Belichick continued.

“If that’s the only thing he can do, then we’ll let him know.

If it’s not, then he’s going to be fine, but he has to be careful with what he does and where he goes and what he eats.”

The team announced Monday that former New York Giants quarterback Donovan McNabb, who was a member of the Patriots for six seasons, would be on the team’s injury report.

The Pats announced earlier Monday that they waived running back Mike Tolbert and wide receiver James Wright, two of their key contributors in recent years.

New York has a bye this week.