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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Takes the field

    Bentley (arm) is participating in OTAs, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports. Bentley suffered an arm injury in the Patriots' playoff loss to the Bills in January and never returned to action. His participation in OTAs is a good sign that there was no lingering effects for the fourth-year pro. Bentley has been a focal point of the Patriots' linebacker unit the last two seasons, totaling 200 tackles, 2.5 sacks, four passes defensed and three forced fumbles over that time.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Back with New England

    Bentley (arm) agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract with the Patriots on Friday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Bentley appeared in 16 games for the Patriots in 2021 and registered a team-high 109 tackles. He suffered an arm injury during New England's wild-card loss to the Bills, but he's expected to be back at full strength for OTAs.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Leaves with injury

    Bentley (arm) is questionable to return Saturday against the Bills, Bentley suffered the injury in the second quarter and went to the locker room afterward. In his absence, Jamie Collins has stepped in to replace him.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Activated off COVID-19 list

    Bentley (illness) was activated from reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Bentley cleared the NFL's COVID-19 protocols just in time to be active for Week 17. The 25-year-old linebacker has totaled 88 tackles, three forced fumbles, two pass deflections and one sack across 14 appearances this season.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Won't return Saturday

    Bentley (ankle) has been ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against the Colts. Bentley recorded a tackle prior to exiting Saturday's matchup. Jamie Collins and Jahlani Tavai should see increased roles in Bentley's absence.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Tallies eight tackles in win

    Bentley recorded eight total tackles (three solo) in the 14-10 win over Buffalo on Monday night. Coming off a huge Week 12 performance in which Bentley recorded a sack and forced two fumbles, the 25-year-old put up another solid game as he totaled the second most tackles on the New England defense. The linebacker has now tallied seven-plus tackles in each of his last four games and leads the Patriots with 80 total tackles on the season.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Good to go

    Bentley (ribs) is active for Monday's matchup with the Bills, Bentley drew a questionable designation after practicing in limited fashion all week. Barring any setbacks, look for him to take on his usual workload in Buffalo.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Dealing with ribs injury

    Bentley (ribs) was limited in Thursday's practice. Bentley is coming off a 10-tackle performance during Week 12's win over the Titans, but his status will need to be monitored ahead of Monday's road matchup in Buffalo. The linebacker will have two more chances to practice in full and shed his injury designation.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Leaves early Sunday

    Bentley is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Dallas with a ribs injury. Bentley made one of the plays of the game before departing, causing a Dak Prescott fumble at the goal line in the first half. Dont'a Hightower had checked out with an elbow injury for a bit but returned to middle linebacker once Bentley had to leave.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Active for Week 5

    Bentley (shoulder) is active for Sunday's game against the Texans. Bentley makes his return to the active roster after not playing against the Buccaneers last week. He has racked up 20 tackles (17 solo) while adding two passes defended through three games so far.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Suffers injury Sunday

    Bentley suffered an undisclosed injury during the Week 3 loss to the Saints and didn't return to the game, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. Bentley recorded six tackles before picking up an injury in the first half of Week 3. Jahlani Tavai replaced the 25-year-old linebacker to start the second half, but he only played eight snaps behind Dont'a Hightower. The extent of Bentley's injury is unknown.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Records 90 tackles

    Bentley finished the 2020 season with 90 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 13 games. In his third NFL season, the 2018 fifth-rounder saw regular action at inside linebacker, when healthy. Bentley's 2021 fantasy upside hinges largely on what moves the Patriots make to shore up their linebacker corps, as well as whether veteran Dont'a Hightower -- who opted out this past season -- returns to the mix.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: All clear for Week 17 finale

    Bentley (shoulder) is active heading into Sunday's game against the Jets. Bentley's shoulder injury forced him to miss his third game of the year Monday night against the Bills, but he's powered through the issue in time for New England's season finale. The 24-year-old enters Sunday's divisional tilt having already established career highs in tackles (83), QB hits (three), sacks (1.5) and pass deflections (two).
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Unavailable Monday

    Bentley (shoulder) is inactive for Monday's game versus Buffalo. The 24-year-old picked up the injury during last week's matchup with Miami and will miss at least one game as a result. Anfernee Jennings could start at inside linebacker for New England in Bentley's absence.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Ready for TNF

    Bentley (groin) is officially active for Thursday's game against the Rams. Bentley popped up on the injury report this week after dealing with the lingering groin issue, but he wasn't in danger of missing the contest. Despite seeing just 35 percent of defensive snaps in last week's win over the Chargers, Bentley is expected to handle a starting role at inside linebacker for the game.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Team's top tackler by wide margin

    Bentley registered 13 total tackles during Sunday's 20-17 win against the Cardinals. Not only did Bentley have six more tackles than the Patriots' second-leading player, Terez Hall, but he also saved some of his stops for key moments in Sunday's contest. The 24-year-old helped turn away Kenyan Drake at New England's one-yard line on a 4th-and-goal while the clock expired in the second quarter. Later, he combined with Hall to stop Drake again on a 3rd-and-2 on Arizona's final drive of the game, forcing a 45-yard Zane Gonzalez attempt that would be no good. With nine starts to his name in nine appearances this season, Bentley prepares for a crucial Week 13 matchup against the Chargers.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Won't face Ravens

    Bentley (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Ravens, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports. Bentley was initially listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup after practicing in a limited fashion all week, but he'll ultimately need more time before retaking the field. Terez Hall and Cassh Maluia could see an uptick in defensive snaps with Bentley out.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Considered questionable for SNF

    Bentley (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game versus the Ravens. Bentley was able to practice in a limited fashion all week, so he has a good chance to return to action after missing last week's close win over the Jets. The third-year linebacker out of Purdue has made seven starts this season and racked up 45 tackles, 1.5 sacks and two pass breakups in the process.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Hampered by groin injury

    Bentley (groin) was a limited participant in Friday's practice, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. Bentley exited last week's game against the Bills with a groin injury, and he's been limited through the first two practices this week. He has one more practice Saturday to upgrade to full participation, otherwise, he'll carry an injury tag into Monday's divisional tilt against the Jets. Cassh Maluia is expected to start at inside linebacker if Bentley can't go.
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  • Patriots' Ja'Whaun Bentley: Records career high in stops

    Bentley posted 12 tackles and a half-sack in Sunday's 18-12 loss to the Broncos. Bently was named the Patriots' starting inside linebacker during training camp, and he got off to a modest start to 2020, recording at least four tackles but no more than six stops in each of the first four games. The third-year pro exploded Sunday, though, leading the team in tackles and reaching a new career high in the process. He had plenty of opportunities since the Broncos' running backs carried 32 times, so this performance could be tough to replicate in a different game script.
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