When asked today by the media for an injury update on Patriots' DE Chandler Jones' ankle, Bill Belichick gave a very vague statement that unfortunately didn't say much on Jones' status.

From ESPN Boston:

"We do the same thing with every player. Any players that are in for treatment yesterday and today, well everybody was in yesterday, but the guys who got treatment yesterday, the guys who came in for treatment today, we'll take a look at them today, take a look at them tomorrow and make a decision as to whether or not we think they can practice. If we do, we'll put them out there, let them go through the early part of practice, early stages, individual work, and see how that progresses and make a decision as to whether or not to put them in the group or team drills later on in practice. It's the same thing for every player regardless. If they're not ready then they don't practice, or they practice on a limited basis and if they're able to continue and do the things that all the other players are doing, the mainstream program players are doing, then they do that."

This stands in stark contrast to his injury report on Danny Woodhead yesterday, where Belichick indicated that Woodhead could have been inserted back into the game if he was needed.

So what does this say about Chandler Jones' status? Belichick is often hard to read. He might not even know, and it might be similar to the case with Gronk that it will be a decision that the medical staff will need to make closer to game time.

Fortunately, ESPN Boston pointed out that the ankle injury from Sunday's game with the Texans does not seem to be the same ankle that kept Jones out earlier in the season. So that could be a positive sign. Or it could be negative, since then Jones would have two bad ankles:

In re-watching the television broadcast from Sunday, it appears that a Texans lineman accidentally fell on the left ankle of Jones on Arian Foster's touchdown run late in the first half. Jones previously missed two games after suffering a right ankle injury against the Colts back in Week 11.

Stay posted to Patriots Life for future injury updates and New England Patriots news leading up to the AFC Conference Championship game.

Danielle Hobeika 1/15/2013 01:33:00 PM Edit

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