BOSTON (AP) _ New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe was released from the hospital Thursday after being treated for a hit that caused internal bleeding.

Bledsoe was knocked out of the game Sunday when New York Jets linebacker Mo Lewis hit him in the fourth quarter of New England's 10-3 loss. Bledsoe was hospitalized later Sunday,

A chest tube Bledsoe was given to alleviate the bleeding was removed Wednesday. He was held until Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.

Coach Bill Belichick said Bledsoe will be out for at least two weeks, during which time the team will further evaluate his condition.

Bledsoe has missed only six of 130 games in nine years in the NFL. Tom Brady, the Patriots' sixth-round pick in the 2000 draft, will replace him.