Jones was traded to the Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The 21st overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones comfortably exceeded expectations during his four years in New England, registering 211 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles in 55 games. The Cardinals finally have the high-end outside pass rusher they've coveted all offseason, and they did well to land a player that just turned 26 years old and is also strong against the run. The downside is that Jones just finished up the last year of his rookie contract, though the Patriots did pick up his fifth-year option for approximately $7.8 million. The Cardinals presumably hope to sign Jones to a long-term deal, which could potentially top the five-year, $85 million contract that Olivier Vernon recently signed with the Giants.
Jones (abdomen/toe) is listed as active Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos. Jones, who recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble before exiting last Saturday's win over the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, will give it a go Sunday, as will linebacker Jamie Collins, with the duo's combined presence of vital importance to the New England defense's chances of containing the Broncos offense on Sunday.
Jones (abdomen/toe) is listed as questionable for Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos, WEEI.com reports. Jones' right knee -- which the defensive end appeared to tweak this past Saturday against the Chiefs -- is not listed on the report, which suggests that he should be a go for Sunday's 3:05 ET kickoff in the absence of any setbacks.
Jones (abdomen/toe) was listed as a limited practice participant during Wednesday's walk-through session, the Boston Herald reports. It's notable that Jones' right knee -- which he appeared to tweak this past weekend against the Chiefs -- is not referenced on the report, which would appear to bode well for his chances of being able to suit up for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Broncos.
Jones was forced out of Saturday's playoff win over the Chiefs with 6:29 remaining in the fourth quarter due to an unspecified injury, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. Per the report, Jones -- who ended up seeing 36 of 89 snaps on defense Saturday -- appeared to reach down toward his right knee after suffering the injury, with the defensive end's status for next weekend's AFC title game uncertain as a result. Prior to his exit from Saturday's contest, Jones had recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
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