The New England Patriots officially ruled slot cornerback Jonathan Jones out for Saturday’s matchup with the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium.
Jones, who has not missed a game since the start of the 2018 season, did not practice this week after leaving last Sunday’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals with a groin injury. In his absence, the Patriots will need to find a new plan for covering Cole Beasley, the Bills’ productive slot receiver.
Four other Patriots are listed as questionable for the game, including wide receiver Julian Edelman and cornerback Jason McCourty:
DB Jonathan Jones, Groin
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley, Knee
LB Jamie Collins, Shoulder
WR Julian Edelman, Knee / Shoulder
CB Jason McCourty, Groin
Edelman has played in every game this season but clearly was limited against the Bengals, catching just two passes on five targets for a season-low nine yards. McCourty has missed three of the last four games — and played just four defensive snaps in the other — as he recovers from a nagging groin issue.
Collins was added to the injury report Wednesday. The linebacker has yet to miss a game since returning to the Patriots, ranking third in defensive snaps played this season behind safety Devin McCourty and cornerback Stephon Gilmore and seventh in special teams snaps played.