We’re going to go ahead and assume that Matt Judon is playing Sunday.
At least, that’s the vibe the Patriots linebacker gave off Friday while speaking with reporters.
Judon missed Wednesday’s New England practice due to a knee injury but returned Thursday and again was on the field Friday. Goofy throughout Friday’s press conference, Judon was asked for an update on his condition.
“Aw, shoot,” he said. “Hey, uh, Bill gave me some R&R, man, you feel me? So, I’m feelin’ good. You know, I got to take a nap and everything. So, I’m straight.”
When asked to clarify whether he expects to play Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, Judon offered the following:
“Man, whoever strap up, that’s what strap up,” he said. “Buy a ticket. Buy a ticket, see what strap up, man. We just gone see.”
Judon’s athleticism and versatility would be a huge asset for the Patriots, who will need all the help they can get in slowing down star running back Alvin Kamara and occasionally explosive quarterback Jameis Winston. Judon’s absence would be a huge one for Bill Belichick’s defense.
The Patriots and Saints will kick off Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.