The initial reporting on Matthew Judon’s injury isn’t a good sign for the Patriots
During Sunday’s 38-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, the New England Patriots lost two key defensive players to injury. Shortly after the game we got the first update on one of those players – linebacker Matthew Judon.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Judon “is being evaluated for a biceps tendon [elbow] injury.” Judon will have an MRI tomorrow to determine the severity.
Either way, Judon is expected to miss time, according to Rapoport. Deatrich Wise suggested the same during his post-game press conference, saying “we’ll be with him this year and he’ll be with us too.”
Since signing with the Patriots prior to the 2021 season, Judon has been the team’s best defensive player and one of the best pass rushers in the league. His 32 sacks since the start of the 2021 season are the fourth-most in the NFL in that span.
Without Judon, expect fourth-year linebacker Josh Uche to get more looks. Judon’s absence could also mean more playing time for rookie Keion White.
Judon wasn’t the only Patriots defensive starter to get hurt in the game. Cornerback Christian Gonzalez left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury and did not return. There was no update on Gonzalez’s condition as of 8:30 p.m. ET after the game.