Rookie defensive end Chandler Jones suffered an ankle injury yesterday, and it’s still unclear if he’ll miss any time.
Jones went down in the first quarter but walked to the sideline without a limp. The medical staff removed his cleat and re-taped his ankle, and he tried to walk it off before departing for the locker room for a presumed X-ray, which is standard operating procedure for cases like this.
Jones returned to the bench with heavy tape on the right ankle in the second quarter, and he had his helmet in hand, so it didn’t initially appear that his day was over. However, he didn’t return from the locker room after halftime, so the team knew the ankle was bad enough to keep him out for the rest of the day.
While Gronk's injury is huge, so is Jones'. The Patriots defense did alright without him, but there's still no disputing that he's the team's best pass rusher.
Jones is likely to not suit up against the Jets in just a couple of days. The good news is that the injury does not seem serious, and he might be able to return when the team faces the Dolphins the following week. Let's hope so. This team has been beat up enough, yet they keep winning. The Gronk and Jones injuries would be too much for any other team, but the Patriots are deep and should be able to survive temporarily.