It feels like, in every game this season, the Patriots roster is getting hit with more injuries to integral players in all three phases of the game.
Unfortunately, that remains true in their current matchup with the Dolphins, as linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley has reportedly left the game with a hamstring injury in the second quarter.
It's the latest hit to the defense, which is already dealing with the absences of Christian Gonzalez, Matthew Judon, and Josh Uche. Losing Bentley makes the job against Miami more difficult, and it's the absolute worst timing when the team really needs another win on the season.
The silver lining is that they've listed Bentley as questionable to return, and with an entire half of football remaining, there is some optimism that he can make it back on the field.
As far as other injuries go, Myles Bryant was also seen down on the field evidently in pain, and although fans don't particularly care for when the cornerback is on the field, he has been having a solid season. So, losing him wouldn't be beneficial at all.
The defense has been struggling to slow down the hot Miami offense, led by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Losing any more defensive players would be absolutely disastrous, especially when the NFL officials have already made it clear that they're not cutting the Patriots any breaks.
UPDATE AS OF 2:41 pm EST
Matthew Judon continues to be supportive despite being on IR
Another positive for this game is that Matthew Judon traveled with the team to Miami. The injured linebacker has been present over the last few weeks and has been a part of the games from the sideline.
As he continues to recover from biceps surgery, he remains supportive in the flesh for his teammates, which is incredible to see and also tells you a lot about Judon, the man and teammate. Hopefully, this is also some sort of indication that he could return this season, maybe sooner than expected.
But even if that isn't what happens, the fact that he chooses to be there for his team is invaluable for this season.