Jones is expected to remain in consideration for a starting nose tackle position despite the first-round selection of Jerry Tillery, Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register reports.
The fact general manager Tom Telesco went out of his way to praise Justin Jones, a 2018 third-round pick, should be comforting for the 22-year-old. That being said, Jones will essentially see a smaller part in the team's rotation along the defensive line, with Brandon Mebane, Isaac Rochell and Jerry Tillery all expected to rotate around the front three.
Jones (ankle) took part in practice Tuesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Jones hasn't played since injuring his ankle back in the beginning of August , but the third-round pick is evidently healthy enough to hit the practice field Tuesday. Given the draft capital invested into Jones its almost a guaranteed lock the 21-year-old will make the 53-man roster, but it's unlikely he'll see much playing time this year unless a plethora of injuries occur to others above him on the depth chart.
Jones was spotted at Thursday's practice sporting a protective boot on his left ankle, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
The boot is never an uplifting sight. As of right now, the Chargers haven't provided much information regarding the root of the ankle injury, but more details should emerge in the coming days. Until the boot is visibly gone we can reasonably assume Jones won't be playing in the team's upcoming preseason game.
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