The Patriots won’t have any other key members of their secondary when they take on the Jets.
Jonathan Jones was ruled out of Sunday’s game with an ankle injury, marking the second straight game he has missed due to the ailment. The team also ruled out rookie offensive lineman Sidy Sow, who will miss his second straight game with a concussion.
Jones was added to the injury report before the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins in Week 2, but he returned to practice this week, albeit in a limited role.
The news of Jones marks another key absence in an already depleted Patriots secondary. The team placed second-year corner Marcus Jones on injured reserve Friday after suffering a torn labrum in Week 2. Jack Jones is also still on injured reserve, meaning the Patriots will deprived of three of their four best corners in Week 3.
With Marcus Jones going down in the first half of last week’s game, the Patriots have already played quite a bit of time, with Christian Gonzalez being their only regular rotation corner on the field. Third-year corner Shaun Wade and fourth-year veteran Myles Bryant saw increased playing time while Kyle Dugger logged 20 snaps at corner, according to Pro Football Focus.
The Patriots will likely have a few more reinforcements in Week 3. They signed veteran Breon Brooks and undrafted rookie Azizi Hearn to the practice squad on Thursday, shortly before it was reported that Marcus Jones had suffered a torn labrum. They also signed rookie defensive back William Hooper to the practice squad earlier in September, earning all three players a call-up for Sunday’s game.
While there is some good news for the Patriots with their cornerback situation, New England did not place Jonathan Jones on injured reserve. Any injured reserve placement would rule him out for four games.
As for Sow, the fourth-round rookie has already emerged as a primary backup along the offensive line. He started at right guard in place of Michael Onwenu in Week 1 and also played right tackle in training camp and the preseason.
The Patriots appear to have their offensive line at its best availability all season. While Cole Strange and Onwenu are listed as questionable for Week 3, they both played last week after missing the season opener. Starting left tackle Trent Brown was also removed from the injury report Friday.
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