Recent reports have been optimistic that Chandler Jones could return from a hip injury in time for the playoffs.
But if you thought Bill Belichick would offer a detailed update on his defensive end, well, you don’t know Bill Belichick.
The New England Patriots head coach addressed the media in a conference call Sunday during the team’s bye week and had little extra to provide regarding Jones.
“No, no real update,” Belichick. “He’s been making progress. We’ll list him weekly as we are required to do on the injury and practice notifications. Whatever he’s able to do, then that’s the way it will be.”
Jones injured his hip in a Week 6 win over the New York Jets. The Patriots’ defense has buckled down in recent weeks, though, holding two of the NFL’s top offenses — the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos — to under 25 points each despite the absence of Jones and linebacker Jerod Mayo.
Yet New England has committed 79 penalties this season, the second-highest total in the NFL through Week 9, and Belichick says that stat needs to change if his team’s success is to continue.
“I think it just creates more opportunities for our opponents — it gives them extra plays on our defensive penalties and negates yardage on offense and puts us in long yardage,” Belichick said.
“We have been able to overcome a few of them, but they have also got us into a lot of trouble. In the long run, it’s certainly not the way we want to go. We want to play penalty-free and take advantage of the extra opportunities our opponents give us and not give them to them.”
The Patriots take on the 6-3 Indianapolis Colts next Sunday.
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