Marcus Jones’ sophomore season is over.
New England Patriots assistant coach Troy Brown confirmed during a media conference call on Tuesday that the versatile youngster will not return from the shoulder injury he suffered in Week 2.
Jones, 25, joined the Patriots as a third-round selection in last year’s draft and made an immediate impact on defense, special teams, and even offense. Appearing in 15 games with four starts as a rookie, he registered a pair of interceptions — including one pick-six — and a fumble recovery.
He was also named first-team All-Pro for his work as a punt returner, averaging 12.5 yards per runback and scoring the game-winning touchdown in a 10-3 victory over the New York Jets. Additionally, Jones was used as a part-time wide receiver and caught four passes for 78 yards and another score.
He was again used in all there phases and saw the field in each of the Patriots’ first two games of this season. After five tackles and three punt returns for 21 yards, however, he went down in the second quarter of New England’s Week 2 loss to the Miami Dolphins; Jones attempted to tackle wide receiver Jaylen Waddle from behind but landed awkwardly on his left shoulder.
He was later diagnosed with a torn labrum and sent to injured reserve. He will remain there for the remainder of the season.
“I have no doubt that he’ll come back stronger from it,” cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino said on Tuesday.
Jones is not the only Patriots cornerback who will miss extended time due to a shoulder ailment. First-round rookie Christian Gonzalez was hurt in Week 4 against the Dallas Cowboys, and is also expected to be out for the remainder of the year.
The Patriots will visit the Dolphins in Week 8 for the two AFC East rivals’ second matchup this season.