By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
After an especially rough game for the Patriots' linebackers on Sunday, the bad news kept coming Monday.
According to Pro Football Talk, linebacker Brandon Copeland has a torn pectoral and has informed his teammates he will be out for the rest of the year.
Copeland entered the season as the team's most experienced linebacker. He had played a reserve role on defense, and was on the field for 16-percent of the team's snaps. However, he had a key role on special teams, with an 80-percent usage rate with that unit. In six games this season, he recorded 12 tackles with one for a loss.
The Patriots now have just two non-rookie linebackers on the main roster in Ja'Whaun Bentley and Shilique Calhoun. With Anfernee Jennings continuing to see an increased workload, and Josh Uche set to return from IR soon, the team will need big contributions from their rookies at the second level moving forwards.
With Brandon Copeland out, here's the Patriots remaining linebackers (career games played):-Shilique Calhoun (47)-Ja'Whaun Bentley (25)-Anfernee Jennings (5)-Cassh Maluia (5)^-Josh Uche (0)-Terez Hall (0)*-Michael Pinckney (0)**Practice squad^0 career defensive snaps
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