Patriots place Rex Burkhead and Ja'Whaun Bentley on IR

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The news just keeps getting worse for the Patriots.

Today the team announced it is placing running back Rex Burkhead and linebacker Ja'Whaun Bentley on injured reserve. Burkhead apparently suffered a neck injury, although it is not known at what point the injury occurred.

Bentley had quickly become one of the defense's most reliable and trusted players, even as a rookie. The fifth-round pick was a standout in the preseason and recorded his first regular season interception last week in Detroit.

In corresponding moves, the Patriots re-signed running back Kenjon Barner and also added linebacker John Simon to the 53-man roster.

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