The Patriots can breathe a sigh of relief because reportedly defensive end Chandler Jones will not need surgery for either of his ankles.

The Patriots really lacked an effective pass rush from week 6 and on when Jones went down with a bad ankle. Directly after the Patriots loss to the Ravens, Jones told members of the media he was going to seek medical attention from team doctors to see whether or not he needed surgery. Of course, as we now know the news is good, but with the ankle being a vital part of the position Jones struggled the second half of the year accounting for just nine tackles and no sacks.

Jones, after becoming healthy enough to play, injured his other ankle in just his second game back while versing the Texans in the playoffs. Although he practiced all week leading up to the Ravens game his snaps were limited to just two come game time and the result was a Joe Flacco jersey that didn’t even need to be put in the washing machine.

Jones, before the injury, had 6 sacks and averaged 4.5 tackles per game and there is a bright future for him. Let’s hope that the injury plague that has haunted the Patriots this year does not carry over to the next and we get to see the product of all these high draft picks on the field. In watching tape this kid could become big time and with the help of the two new CFL defensive linemen signings, hopefully the Patriots can strike fear into all NFL quarterbacks next season.

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Joshua Brown 1/30/2013 11:36:00 AM Edit

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