BREAKING: The #Patriots will be putting RB Rex Burkhead (neck) and rookie LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (unknown) on IR today, per league source.
— Jim McBride (@globejimmcbride) September 26, 2018
When it rains it pours I suppose. After getting trounced by Detroit, and in particular on defense, the Patriots just placed their most promising linebacker in Ja’Whaun Bentley as well as their most used runningback in Rex Burkhead on IR.
This is less than ideal.
Ja’Whaun Bentley had a rough game last week, but he’s a rookie so that is to be expected from time to time. Bentley was the story of training camp though and was projected to be the stud linebacker the team needed this year. Especially with how slow Dont’a Hightower has looked thus far. I don’t know if its just shaking off the rust after missing almost all of last year or if its years or injuries catching up with a now 28-year-old linebacker. Either way, not a great time for a young LB to go down with injury.
Now Rex Burkhead is the least surprising injury news of all time as that guy is hurt basically all the time. Super effective when he’s healthy, but it seems like his body just can’t handle the workload the Patriots want to put on him. We talked about it on The 300s Podcast on our season preview and debated whether Burkhead was injury prone or if last year was just a fluke. Nope, seems like this is a guy who is finally getting an everydown back level of touches and his body just can’t hold up.
That means its time for Sony Michel to sink or swim! He’s looked ok, not great, the first 2 games of his career, but for the talking heads on 98.5 to already be screaming that Michel is a bust is laughable. Maybe give the rookie who had zero training camp snaps more than 2 weeks to find his groove in the NFL.
This is a club thats getting a little crowded.
Here’s the Patriots’ list of players on IR. You can add Burkhead and Bentley. Two of these players can eventually return. (Though you can definitely cross of Wynn and Hill from potential returns.) pic.twitter.com/fVQPSecQSa
— Michael Hurley (@michaelFhurley) September 26, 2018