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  • Nov 14, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Matt Judon (9) runs off of the field after a game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Nov 14, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots outside linebacker Matt Judon (9) runs off of the field after a game against the Cleveland Browns at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

    Patriots linebacker Matthew Judon put a bit of a scare into spectators when he exited the Patriots’ joint practice with the Carolina Panthers about midway through the proceedings. But Judon’s absence was brief.

    Turns out he just had to pee.

  • That’s quite a delightful way to get a false alarm.

    Judon returned and resumed his usual duties as a regular in the Patriots’ defensive front. And, as one might expect, he made a noticeable impact in 11-on-11 drills. Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald charted Judon with two “sacks” and a run stuff.

    One Patriot did appear to leave the game for injury reasons, as tight end Hunter Henry exited early without returning. Wide receivers Kendrick Bourne and Kristian Wilkerson, and offensive lineman James Ferentz, were all ejected by Bill Belichick for their roles in a pair of brawls that took place during Monday’s joint practice.

  • But in the case of Judon, all seems well on that front. The only way his explanation would’ve been funnier is if he had to … well, you know.

    Judon has been one of the more engaging and refreshing personalities to come through New England in recent years, and he’s paired it with All Pro-caliber play. He’s even got pee jokes, now.

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - AUGUST 19: Matt Judon #9 of the New England Patriots reacts after the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 35-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – AUGUST 19: Matt Judon #9 of the New England Patriots reacts after the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on August 19, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 35-0. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

  • The Patriots won the day on both sides of the ball in Monday’s practice. Based on the one day, even with their own struggles in certain areas during camp, they look like the more talented and better coached team than Carolina. That’s not terribly surprising.

    We’ll get back to it on Wednesday morning with the second joint practice between the Pats and Panthers. Click here for complete Patriots training camp coverage at 985TheSportsHub.com.

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