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No injury designation

Jones doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's matchup against New England, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Jones didn't practice Wednesday due to a concussion that sidelined him for Week 17, but he returned to practice Thursday as a limited participant and logged a full session Friday, clearing him for Week 18. Across 14 appearances, the rookie third-round pick has totaled 33 tackles, seven pass defenses, two interceptions, one fumble recovery and one defensive touchdown.

Jan 6, 2023 1:43 PM EST

Back in action Thursday

Jones (concussion) returned to practice Thursday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: After not practicing in any capacity Wednesday due to the concussion he sustained back in Week 16 versus the Bengals, Jones has since returned to Thursday's session. In order to suit up Sunday versus the Bills, he'll still need to clear all necessary protocols at some point this week.

Jan 5, 2023 9:57 AM EST

Doesn't practice Wednesday

Jones (concussion) didn't practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Jones didn't play in Week 17 due to a concussion and remains sidelined to start Week 18 prep. The rookie defensive back isn't trending in the right direction, but he'll have two more opportunities to practice before New England needs to make a decision on his status for Sunday's matchup against the Bills.

Jan 4, 2023 2:04 PM EST

Unavailable Sunday

Jones (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald reports.

Analysis: Jones was unable to practice this week due to his concussion, and he'll be forced to sit out in Week 17. He'll need to clear the league's concussion protocol if he hopes to suit up for the Patriots' regular-season finale against Buffalo next week.

Dec 30, 2022 2:26 PM EST

Dealing with head injury

Jones (concussion) was a non-participant in practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Analysis: Jones' addition to the injury report comes as a surprise, as there was no previous report of him having suffered a concussion. It's unclear as to when it happened, as the rookie was significantly involved once again in Saturday's loss to the Bengals. If Jones is going to suit up Sunday against the Dolphins, he'll have to clear the hurdles of concussion protocols first.

Dec 28, 2022 2:30 PM EST

Makes three-way impact Week 16

Jones recorded a 15-yard reception, 14 tackles (one for loss) and returned a 69-yard interception for a touchdown in Saturday's 22-18 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: The third-round rookie also accrued 76 yards as a return man to finish the day with a total of 87 snaps between special teams, offense and defense. He also joined an exclusive club with his third-quarter interception, as he joined Hall of Famer Deion Sanders as the only other player in NFL history to record touchdowns of 40-plus yards in all three phases in a single season. Despite Jones' penchant for big plays, head coach Bill Belichick said that the Patriots won't look to dramatically expand the 24-year-old's role on offense so that special teams and defense can remain his main areas of focus, according to Mark Daniels of The Springfield Republican.

Dec 26, 2022 10:40 AM EST

Steps up for injured secondary

Jones logged eight tackles (seven solo) and two passes defended, including one interception, during Monday's 27-13 win versus the Cardinals.

Analysis: Jones logged his best defensive outing of the season after starting cornerback Jack Jones was forced out with a knee injury in the first quarter. With fellow starter Jalen Mills (groin) also inactive, the rookie reserve cornerback wound up playing a season-high 89 percent of New England's defensive snaps behind Jonathan Jones (100). As a result, the rookie Jones logged more than two tackles for the first time in his professional career. He also tallied his fourth and fifth passes defended, including an interception on an errant pass from Cardinals backup quarterback Colt McCoy. With the availability of New England's starting cornerbacks still up in the air, it's possible Jones could be in line to start Week 15 versus Las Vegas.

Dec 13, 2022 8:45 PM EST

Sees snaps on offense Thursday

Jones, who logged three snaps on offense in Thursday's 24-10 loss to the Bills, per Mike Reiss of, caught both of his targets in the contest for 51 yards and a TD.

Analysis: The 2022 third-rounder, who has also been handling return duties for the Patriots, is officially listed by the team as a defensive back, but as Zack Cox notes, the University of Houston product did see work as a wide receiver in college in addition to playing cornerback and handling kick/punt returns. It remains to be seen if Jones continues to see snaps on offense in the coming weeks, but given how explosive he looked while taking a a screen pass 48 yards for a touchdown Thursday, it wouldn't surprise us to see New England's coach staff look to find ways to get the ball in the versatile rookie's hands more often down the stretch.

Dec 2, 2022 10:35 AM EST

Set to play Thursday

Jones (ankle) has been ruled active for Thursday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: Jones was deemed questionable coming into Thursday night for the second week in a row while dealing with an ankle injury. Despite participating in a limited fashion during each practice Week 13, the 5-foot-8 rookie is set to play and serve as the Patriots' primary punt returner versus Buffalo. With starting cornerback Jalen Mills (groin) inactive, Jones could see increased playing time alongside Jack Jones and Myles Bryant as well.

Dec 1, 2022 4:05 PM EST

Officially questionable

Jones (ankle) is listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup against the Bills.

Analysis: Jones was limited during each practice of Week 13 prep and is officially listed as questionable. The rookie cornerback was also questionable for the Patriots' Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Vikings and ended up playing, so barring a pre-game setback, it's safe to assume Jones will likely suit up again Thursday.

Nov 30, 2022 12:55 PM EST

Starts week questionable

Jones (ankle) was a limited participant in practice Monday.

Analysis: Jones was questionable for the team's Thanksgiving day game against the Vikings with the same injury, but he did ultimately play. He'll work to do the same thing this week, as the Patriots host the Bills on Thursday.

Nov 28, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Active for Thursday's game

Jones (ankle) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Vikings.

Analysis: The 2022 third-rounder was deemed questionable for the contest after being listed as limited on Patriots practice reports Monday through Wednesday, but Jones will be available Thursday to work in depth cornerback role, as well as handle kickoff and punt return duties for the team Week 12.

Nov 24, 2022 4:05 PM EST

Limited Monday

Jones (ankle) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's estimated injury report, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Jones suffered an ankle injury and briefly left Sunday's win over the Jets, but he returned and took a line-drive punt back 84 yards to score the game-winning touchdown with just five seconds left in regulation. His presence on Monday's estimated report isn't concerning, but if he doesn't return to full participation Tuesday or Wednesday, he'll be in danger of missing New England's Thanksgiving day matchup against the Vikings.

Nov 21, 2022 2:37 PM EST

Returns for game-winning touchdown

Jones (ankle) returned a punt for a touchdown after re-entering Sunday's 10-3 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Jones previously exited during the second half and was deemed questionable to return with an ankle injury. While the extent of this issue is still unclear, the rookie was able to come back in and log the lone touchdown of the game to put the Patriots up 10-3 with eight seconds remaining. This play marks the first punt-return touchdown in the NFL season, and Jones will look to continue providing a burst in the return game against the Vikings on Thanksgiving day.

Nov 20, 2022 1:21 PM EST

Exits Sunday

Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's game versus the Jets with an ankle injury.

Analysis: Jones appears to picked up this issue at some point during the second half, leaving him with less than one quarter to return before the end of this contest. The rookie cornerback has played a limited role on defense over the first eight games of the season, as his primary value has come as New England's starting punt returner. In his absence, either Myles Bryant or Jabrill Peppers will likely handle the team's punt-return duties.

Nov 20, 2022 12:41 PM EST

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