Bentley (biceps) won't be activated from injured reserve this season, thus ending his 2018 campaign, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Bentley has been out since Week 3 due to a biceps injury and hasn't seen the field since. The Patriots already used their two IR with designation to return spots on Duke Dawson (hamstring) and Rex Burkhead (neck), so Bentley is the odd man out. In just three games this season, the rookie carved out a nice role with the team, racking up 14 tackles (nine solo) and one interception. Now that Bentley is officially done for the year, John Simon should continue to get extra snaps at linebacker.
Bentley (arm) is wearing a cast on his right arm Sunday, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.
Bentley was placed on injured reserve earlier this week due to an undisclosed injury, which would appear to be related to his right arm. The rookie fifth-rounder had earned a role in New England's defense before suffering the injury. Bentley could be a candidate to return after missing eight games, but for the time being John Simon and Brandon King stand to split the rookie's defensive snaps.
Bentley (undisclosed) will be placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.
Bentley saw snaps on defense and special teams in each of New England's games to begin the season. The fifth-round rookie seemed on track to carve out a key role in the team's defense, but will miss at least the next eight weeks on injured reserve. Expect John Simon and Brandon King to receive increased rotational and special teams snaps in Bentley's absence.
Bentley played 51 snaps on defense in Sunday's victory over the Texans and had seven tackles. He also logged one QB hit.
Bentley additionally played 15 snaps on special teams. Patriots' special teams captain Matthew Slater went so far as to compare the fifth-round rookie to former Pro Bowl linebacker Jerod Mayo after the season opener, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports. "His play on the field has been tremendous," Slater said, "He's a player that players in this locker room really trust and have a lot of confidence in." Bentley's 51 defensive snaps were the most played by any member the Patriots' front-seven Week 1.
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