A Patriots helmet. Oct 2, 2022; Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA; A New England Patriots helmet sits on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots appeared lifeless in their 38-3 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4. They also unfortunately lost two defensive stars that could drastically impact the rest of their season.

Patriots star pass rusher Matthew Judon has been one of the most impactful players in the league since joining the Patriots in the 2022 season.

He unfortunately left Sunday’s game against Dallas with a shoulder injury.

Rookie cornerback Christian Gonzalez also left Sunday’s game with an injury while attempting to make a tackle on Cowboys running back Tony Pollard.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, both Gonzalez and Judon are going to be out indefinitely with their respective injuries while they seek second opinions on their injuries. Gonzalez was officially diagnosed with a torn right shoulder labrum, while Judon suffered a lower bicep tendon tear.

This is obviously disastrous news for the Patriots considering they were already struggling with these two impact players on the field. And fans believe that this could make their struggles even worse moving forward.

The Patriots’ defense has been the backbone of their team early on this season, ranking in the top ten in yards allowed per game through four games.

The loss of Gonzalez and Judon could certainly put that to the test, and they may need the offense to take a big leap forward in order to be competitive in games.

That will be easier said than done, especially since there are some serious question marks surrounding their quarterback situation. The Patriots notably benched quarterback Mac Jones in favor of Bailey Zappe in Week 4.

[Adam Schefter on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.