Jones had been ruled out on the final injury report of the week after missing three consecutive practices with a shoulder issue. The 28-year-old Auburn product will now miss a minimum of three games after appearing in 85 of 86 in the regular season since arriving as an undrafted free agent. Jones has recorded 20 tackles and an interception this fall.
Offensive lineman James Ferentz and defensive lineman Daniel Ekuale will be on New England’s gameday roster for the AFC East encounter.
Ferentz, 32, has served as a standard elevation and a Covid-19 replacement since the calendar turned to October. The Iowa alum stands with consecutive starts at left guard, where 118 snaps have been played. Originally entering the NFL as a rookie free agent in 2014, Ferentz made previous stops with the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos. The two-time Super Bowl champion has checked into 26 career games between all three interior spots.
Ekuale, 27, signed to the Patriots’ practice squad at its formation in September after tours with the Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars. Undrafted out of Washington State in 2018, the defensive tackle has appeared 16 career games and started five last season. His résumé includes 17 tackles and one sack.
Both standard elevations are scheduled to revert to the practice squad on Monday.
Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is set for 1 p.m. ET.