The New England Patriots continued with an active roster of 52 on Wednesday.
Jonathan Jones, who suffered a groin injury last weekend versus the Cincinnati Bengals, would be missing for the second straight practice.
The starting slot cornerback has been active for all 62 games over the past four regular seasons, but a quick turnaround could leave the Patriots without Jones for Saturday’s 4:30 p.m. ET kickoff at Gillette Stadium against the Buffalo Bills.
Here’s an updated prognosis.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
- Patriots: CB Jonathan Jones (groin)
- Bills: RB Frank Gore (rest), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), DE Jerry Hughes (rest), LB Lorenzo Alexander (rest)
Previously a non-participant in New England’s Tuesday walkthrough, Jones’ uncertain status could send Jason McCourty in at nickelback against Bills receiver Cole Beasley. McCourty has played one-third of his defensive snaps this season in the slot. But the veteran has been inactive for three of the Patriots’ last four games with a groin injury of his own. Over that span, it’s been J.C. Jackson starting on the perimeter across from Stephon Gilmore. Jackson and Gilmore stand with 11 interceptions between them this campaign. Rookie Joejuan Williams and three-time Pro Bowl gunner Justin Bethel also reside on the corner depth chart.
A trio of tenured Bills received rest days on Wednesday. As for Nsekhe, the swing tackle continued as a non-participant due to an ankle injury that’s kept him out of Buffalo’s past four contests.
- Patriots: WR Julian Edelman (knee/shoulder), DT Danny Shelton (shoulder), LB Jamie Collins (shoulder), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (knee), CB Jason McCourty (groin)
- Bills: DT Corey Liuget (knee)
Collins joined the Patriots’ group of limited practice participants on Wednesday. The linebacker, checking in with a career-high six sacks and three interceptions for the organization that drafted him, is dealing with a shoulder injury. The rest of New England’s limited went unchanged, with all but the aforementioned McCourty among the most recent gameday actives.
Buffalo’s lone limited listing remains Liuget, who has registered four tackles and one sack since joining the interior defensive line halfway through the season. Liuget’s knee injury left him sidelined last weekend against the Pittsburgh Steelers.