The New England Patriots returned with a walkthrough inside the Empower Field House.
But as the on-field prep for Saturday’s AFC East meeting with the Buffalo Bills began in sweats, one player would be missing.
Jonathan Jones did not finish New England’s visit to Paul Brown Stadium last weekend. The starting nickelback exited against the Cincinnati Bengals with a groin injury and was ruled questionable to return.
He would not return for the Patriots on Tuesday. But right guard Shaq Mason, who’d dealt with an ankle issue, would be back in full. As would quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
Here’s the initial injury report between New England and Buffalo ahead of the 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: CB Jonathan Jones (groin)
- Bills: OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle)
Jones has not missed a regular-season game since arriving as an undrafted rookie in 2016. The Auburn product has recorded 49 tackles, eight passes defensed and two forced fumbles in the New England secondary this season.
As for Buffalo, the lone Tuesday absence would be Nsekhe. The 34-year-old offensive tackle last played on Nov. 17 because of an ankle injury. Nsekhe has started one game for the Bills, appearing in nine.
- Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder), DT Danny Shelton (shoulder), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), CB Jason McCourty (groin)
- Bills: DT Corey Liuget (knee)
Listed as questionable on the final injury reports of 10 games this campaign, Edelman saw 40 offensive snaps last Sunday in Cincinnati. New England’s 1,000-yard receiver caught a season-low two passes for nine yards in the process. Edelman has been playing through a shoulder injury and now a knee injury. He’d remain limited Tuesday. As would Shelton, Bentley and McCourty on the Patriots’ defensive side of the ball. All but McCourty checked in against the Bengals. The veteran cornerback had returned to play just four snaps the game prior against the Kansas City Chiefs while managing a groin injury.
Liuget garnered the Bills’ only limited designation to open Week 16. The defensive tackle has logged four tackles and one sack for Buffalo since arriving by way of the Oakland Raiders last month.