The New England Patriots just got even thinner in the secondary.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, veteran cornerback Jonathan Jones will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery on Monday. The exact injury has not been disclosed, Rapoport has reported that it will keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Jones, 28, suffered the injury early in New England’s matchup with the Dallas Cowboys on Oct. 17. After missing the remainder of that game, Jones did not practice over the next week and was ultimately placed on injured reserve back on Oct. 23.
Over the course of his six year career, Jones has worked his way from an undrafted free agent, to a key component in multiple championship defenses. Having missed just one game in his career prior to this season, his durability and ability to erase opposing slot receivers helped earn him a three-year, $21 million contract extension in September 2019.
Jones has started 26 of his 85 career games, while recording 261 tackles, seven interceptions, 33 pass deflections, and five forced fumbles.
New England’s depleted secondary now rosters just five active cornerbacks, J.C. Jackson, Jalen Mills, Joejuan Williams, Myles Bryant, and Shaun Wade, with D’Angelo Ross occupying the practice squad. New England hosted three free agent cornerbacks on workouts last week but did not sign any to their active roster.