The New England Patriots have lost linebacker Brandon Copeland to season-ending torn pec in the 33-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It was a terrible injury and Copeland won’t see more action in the upcoming games. Mike Florio from ProFootballTalk confirmed the information.
Copeland started four of the first six games of the 2020 NFL season. Head coach Bill Belichick let him on the field for just 16.2 percent of the Patriots’ defensive snaps. New England rarely use the base defense, they often rely on safety Adrian Phillips as a second linebacker alongside starter Ja’Whaun Bentley.
Brandon Copeland hopes for a speedy recovery from his injury
Copeland saw action in the kicking game and ranked third on the roster in special teams snaps behind Matthew Slater and Justin Bethel. The 29-year-old was in his debut season with the team. Copeland spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
New England needs depth at inside linebacker following the departure of Dont’a Hightower, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts.
Second-round draft pick Josh Uche was supposed to fill the void, but he hasn’t seen any action this season. Uche returned to practice from IR last week but the team didn’t activate him ahead of Sunday’s loss. New England has until Nov.11 to add him to the active roster.
Third-round rookie Anfernee Jennings saw a big upstick in active time against the Niners. He played 80.3 percent of defensive snaps while switching between inside and outside linebacker.
Jennings and Bentley were the Patriots’ lowest-graded defenders by Pro Football Focus in the game. The Niners rushed for 197 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 7.4 yards per play in Sunday’s win over the Patriots.
Copeland took to his Twitter to thank everyone who sent him message of support. A lot of people reached out and prayed for Copeland.
The Patriots will have to find a solution to this problem. They have too many open questions at this point in the regular season. Injuries, rusty performances, and mistakes. Head coach Bill Belichick has to solve them all.