New England Patriots star Matthew Judon suffered an arm injury during yesterday’s loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The loss occurred near the start of the fourth quarter in the 38-3 blowout loss. Judon did not return to the game. Now it looks as though the Patriots could be without Judon for the remainder of the 2023 season.
It was later reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Judon’s injury was a lower bicep tendon tear. He stated the injury was being evaluated to determine how much time would be missed.
One that that is known is initial indications are not promising. Deatrich Wise Jr., one of the New England Patriots team captains, spoke about Matthew Judon following the game. His did not sound like somebody expecting to lineup alongside Judon again anytime soon.
“Devastating,” said Wise when asked about the loss of Judon. “He was in good spirits. We’ll be with him mentally throughout this year and I know he’ll be with us too. There will be some guys behind him stepping up and filling his spot.”
Deatrich Wise Jr. on losing OLB Matthew Judon to injury: “Devastating. He was in good spirits. We’ll be with him mentally throughout this year and I know he’ll be with us too. There will be some guys behind him stepping up and filling his spot.”
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 2, 2023
Several players will be asked to pick up the slack in Matthew Judon’s absence for New England. While Josh Uche and Jahlani Tavai are already getting plenty of snaps at outside linebacker, Anfernee Jennings and Marte Mapu could be among those asked to do more. No one player will be able to make up for Judon’s loss however.
Bill Belichick prioritized bringing Matthew Judon to New England in 2021 free agency. After beginning his career with the Baltimore Ravens, Judon signed a four-year, $54.5 million deal to join the Patriots. He has earned his pay.
Judon has played in all 38 regular season games since signing with the Patriots. He was voted to the Pro Bowl each of his full seasons with New England. Last season, Judon was named first team All Pro. His 32.0 sacks since becoming a member of the New England Patriots are the fourth most in the entire NFL.
Offensive lineman Rahawn Slater of the Los Angeles Chargers suffered a biceps injury in their third game of the 2022 season. He was out for the remainder of the season. It is worth noting that Slater’s biceps was reported as being “ruptured” while the extend of Judon’s injury is not yet confirmed. On the bright side, Slater has. returned to play in 100% of the offensive snaps for the Chargers so far this season.
New England Patriots, now sitting at 1-3, can certainly not afford to be without their game-changing linebacker moving forward. But if he is indeed done for the season, which unfortunately that appears to be the case, Matthew Judon will be sorely missed.
UPDATE (5:34 PM ET, Oct. 2, 2023): ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that both Matthew Judon and Christian Gonzalez are, “out indefinitely while they seek second opinions on their injuries.”