FOXBORO (CBS) — After a tough loss to the Bills on Sunday, things aren’t getting much better for the Patriots on Monday. New England placed linebackers Matthew Judon and Ja’Whaun Bentley on the Reserve/COVID list following positive tests on Monday, as the NFL deals with a surge in COVID-19 cases around the league.
There is a chance that Judon and Bentley could test out and be available for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, much like wide receiver Kendrick Bourne did last week. Bourne tested positive of last Monday, but was cleared to play on Saturday night.READ MORE: Pastrnak's Power-Play Goal Lifts Bruins Over Jets 3-2
And while the Patriots shouldn’t need their best pass rusher against the 2-13 Jaguars, not having Judon would put further strain on a defense that hasn’t been too spectacular over the last few weeks. Judon has been excellent in his first season with the Patriots, registering a team-high 12.5 sacks, 25 QB hits, 57 total tackles and a fumble recovery through 15 games.READ MORE: Las Vegas Raiders Reportedly Preparing To 'Make A Run' At Josh McDaniels
Bentley has played 68 percent of New England’s defensive snaps this season and has racked up 88 tackles, good for the second-most on the team.
While New England may be without two important players on defense come Sunday, their Week 17 opponent — the Jacksonville Jaguars — placed 11 players on the Reserve/COVID list on Monday. A total of 106 players around the NFL landed on the list, all of whom tested positive for COVID-19, representing a new record high for the league.MORE NEWS: Trail Blazers Rally Past Celtics 109-105
Tune in to Sunday’s Patriots-Jaguars game on WBZ-TV — the flagship station of the New England Patriots. Pregame coverage begins at 11:30am with Patriots GameDay, kickoff is set for 1pm, and after the game stick around for full reaction and analysis on Patriots 5th Quarter!