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Report: RB Rex Burkhead and LB Ja’Whaun Bentley being sent to IR

The injuries continue to pile up for the Patriots, and it’s only week 4.

New England Patriots v Detroit Lions Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

If that cover photo doesn’t sum up what the last couple weeks have felt like around here, I don’t know what does.

According to the Boston Globe’s Jim McBride, running back Rex Burkhead and rookie “maybe it’s OK to hope the future is bright on defense?” linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley are both being placed on Injured Reserve today.

And of course, ESPN’s Patriots reporter and all-around class act Mike Reiss appears to have already dug up the tape on what happened to both guys. The Burkhead injury we could’ve seen coming, as he left the game early - the Bentley one, not so much. Here’s Burkhead’s last play from Sunday:

And here’s Bentley’s:

We’ll keep this post updated if/when we get more information.

In the meantime, PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, nobody say “What else could go wrong?”

UPDATE (sort of): Our old pal Evan reminds us that both players are eligible to come off of Injured Reserve after 8 weeks:

If Bentley’s injury isn’t a season-ender, bringing him back is a no-brainer, as he’s apparently one of a few guys I can count on one hand that actually seem to be able to do anything on defense.