Report: ‘There’s a good likelihood’ Patriots’ linebacker Matthew Judon may return in December


Judon recorded 4 sacks this season earlier than his damage.

Matthew Judon may very well be again for the Patriots prior to initially anticipated. (AP Photograph/Brandon Wade)
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The Patriots reportedly have excessive hopes that their highest-paid defensive participant may return to play earlier than the top of this yr.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Matthew Judon, who suffered a torn decrease bicep tendon final week, may very well be again on the sector in about two months. Rapoport added that the timetable may very well be based mostly on how nicely the 31-year-old’s elected surgical procedure on Oct. 4 went. He mentioned December is a “sensible purpose” for Judon’s return.

Judon suffered the damage towards the Dallas Cowboys in Texas on Oct. 1.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Oct. 2 that the linebacker can be out ‘indefinitely’ alongside rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez, who suffered a dislocated shoulder additionally versus the Cowboys. 

Gonzalez landed on season-ending injured reserve forward of Sunday’s recreation towards the New Orleans Saints; nonetheless, notably, Judon didn’t. The dearth of a roster transfer on Judon’s half may very well be a superb signal, in the interim, that New England has optimism that the participant can return in 2023.

Judon, who signed with the Patriots as a free agent in 2021, recorded 4 sacks this yr earlier than his damage. He logged 13 tackles in three video games, 10 of these being solo.

He had a exceptional 2022 season upon recording a career-high 15.5 sacks, 28 quarterback hits, and 60 tackles final season. These numbers helped him land a revised two-year contract extension value $22.5 million with New England this previous offseason.

Patriots’ head coach Invoice Belichick was questioned after the Cowboys recreation for nonetheless having certainly one of his finest gamers in Judon on the sector whereas New England was being blown out. Judon’s damage occurred early within the fourth quarter whereas the crew was down by 28 factors.

“You’ve bought to place anyone on the market,” Belichick mentioned in response.

The Patriots have plenty of different linebackers on the roster who might want to step up in Judon’s absence. This consists of Ja’Whaun Bentley, Chris Board, Anfernee Jennings, Marte Mapu, Jahlani Tavai, Josh Uche, and Mack Wilson Sr.