BOSTON (CBS) — Cornerback Jonathan Jones has been ruled out for Saturday’s Patriots-Bills clash at Gillette Stadium.
Jones did not practice all week after suffering a groin injury in last Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals. The fourth-year corner has played well in the slot this season, a task that will likely fall on veteran Jason McCourty on Saturday — if he’s healthy. McCourty is also battling a groin injury and is one of four Patriots listed as questionable for Saturday’s game. The injury has kept McCourty out of three of the last four games.
If McCourty can’t go on Saturday, rookie Joejuan Williams could find himself covering Buffalo’s Cole Beasley this weekend.
Receiver Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder) is also listed as questionable, along with linebackers Jamie Collins (shoulder) and Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee). All three were limited participants in Thursday’s final practice of the week.
The Patriots practiced inside of Gillette Stadium on Thursday, which is pretty rare during the season. It’s the first time they practiced inside the stadium since training camp. Head coach Bill Belichick said the field conditions were the primary reason behind the move, since the surface is synthetic grass and in much better shape than the natural grass on the practice field.
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