BOSTON -- Sunday was already a very bad day for the New England Patriots before Matthew Judon suffered an injury.
But the pass rusher -- arguably the Patriots' best player -- turned the day from bad to worse when he went down early in the fourth quarter.
With the Patriots trailing 31-3, Judon worked his way into the backfield on a second-and-11 for Dallas when left tackle Chuma Edoga blocked Judon to the ground while he tried to make a tackle on running back Deuce Vaughn.
Judon immediately went to the turf, grabbing his right arm. The medical staff tended to Judon on the field before he was taken to the sideline medical tent for further evaluation. He was later taken to the locker room.
The Patriots deemed it an elbow injury, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Judon is set to miss some time, even though the full extent of his injury is not yet known.
Later on Sunday, Adam Schefter reported that Judon suffered a torn tendon in his biceps, though how much time he'll be missing is not yet known.
Veteran defensive lineman Deatrich Wise spoke after the game and indicated Judon will be missing for at least a stretch of time.
"We'll be with him mentally throughout this year, and I know he'll be with us too," Wise said.
Earlier in the game, the Patriots lost star rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez to a shoulder injury. Safety Jabrill Peppers also came off the field looking injured on the same drive when Judon departed the game.
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