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Patriots’ defense takes a hit with season-ending loss

Patriots, Bill Belichick, Jonathan Jones

Although the New England Patriots will be riding a high following a massive 54-13 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday, they will be disappointed to hear this latest update. Cornerback Jonathan Jones, who was placed on the IR last week, is expected to be out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. Via Ian Rapoport:

Jones suffered the injury in a Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and hasn’t played since. This is just another blow to the Patriots’ secondary, who recently traded away Stephon Gilmore as well. Jones has been arguably New England’s best cornerback this season and with him heading on the shelf, it leaves the team severely depleted at the position. Rookie CB Shaun Wade has been out with a concussion, while Jalen Mills is dealing with ankle problems.

Jones had been enjoying a rather productive season for the Patriots, registering 20 tackles and collecting an interception through six games. Belichick will be forced to get creative in his secondary in order to make up for this loss. Week 8 also brings a tough matchup against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers, who love to throw the football downfield.

It also wouldn’t be surprising to see the Patriots go out and sign another slot corner, considering there is a lot of time left in the year.