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Patriots lose two members of defense in loss to Panthers

Ty Anderson
October 01, 2017 - 6:06 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots saw their defense beat and beat up on Sunday, losing linebacker Elandon Roberts (ankle) and cornerback Eric Rowe (groin) to injury in the second half of their 33-30 loss to the Panthers at Gillette Stadium.

Rowe suffered his injury almost immediately in the second half when he tried to wrap up the Panthers’ Kelvin Benjamin on a reception across the middle, while Roberts was injured after he appeared to get pancaked on one of Cam Newton’s scrambles.

With David Harris and Harvey Langi both inactive, and with defensive leader Dont’a Hightower playing a somewhat limited role throughout the afternoon, Roberts’ injury put Marquis Flowers back into the linebacking mix, who finished the day with one tackle.

Talking to reporters after the game, Rowe acknowledge that he re-aggravated the same groin injury he dealt with in last week’s win over the Texans. His departure put Jonathan Jones back into the contest and to the slot. Jones had two tackles on the day.

The Patriots will hope for a quick recovery for both, too, as they will head down to Tampa Bay for a Thursday night head-to-head against the Bucs.