December 5, 2023


Jackson was reacquired by the group earlier this week, however practiced on Thursday and Friday.

J.C. Jackson might make his official return to the enjoying discipline for the Patriots on Sunday. AP Photograph/John Bazemore

The Patriots have a bunch of gamers who’re in limbo for Week 5.

The Pats had 10 gamers restricted in follow this week forward of Sunday’s sport in opposition to the Saints. That doesn’t embrace Matthew Judon and Christian Gonzalez, who’ve practiced this week although they reportedly have accidents that may value them a number of months, if not the remainder of the season.

That record of 10 gamers additionally doesn’t embrace J.C. Jackson, who the Patriots reacquired this week once they traded for him from the Chargers. The cornerback practiced Thursday and Friday after information of the commerce broke on Wednesday.

Invoice Belichick left the door open for Jackson to play on Sunday.

“We’ll see. We’ll see the way it goes,” Belichick advised reporters Friday when requested on Jackson’s potential availability for Week. “He received a couple of snaps yesterday, see the way it goes right this moment. We have now a couple of shifting components right here, so simply received to determine it out right here as we get to the tip of the week.”

Belichick appeared pleased to have Jackson again in New England, the place he performed for the primary 4 seasons of his profession earlier than signing with Los Angeles in 2022.

“Good to see J.C.,” Belichick mentioned. “You realize, attempt to get him caught up right here and see how that goes, however received him in right here late Wednesday night time, Thursday, so catching up with him.”

Regardless that Jackson isn’t on the damage report, the Patriots might make a wholesome scratch on Sunday or simply choose to not play him. However the Patriots are skinny at cornerback getting into Week 5. Along with Gonzalez, each Marcus Jones and Jack Jones stay on injured reserve. Jonathan Jones has additionally missed the final three video games as a consequence of an ankle damage.

Belichick implied that Jonathan Jones has a shot of enjoying on Sunday.

“It’s good to have Jonathan again on the market this week,” Belichick mentioned. “He did some issues final week and was in a position to do extra this week. So, coming to the tip of the week and see the place we’re with him, however definitely so much nearer than he was this time final week.

“It’ll most likely be right this moment, possibly tomorrow, that we’ll decide on this, however I’d say that he’s received an opportunity.”

This week marked the primary week that gamers on injured reserve and the bodily unable to carry out lists might follow. Riley Reiff, Cody Davis, and Trey Flowers have been the one three gamers from these lists to follow this week.

Belichick mentioned it was “good to have” all three gamers again out on the follow discipline within the lead as much as Sunday’s sport. Reiff could possibly be essentially the most impactful return of the group, although. He earned snaps with the beginning unit at proper sort out throughout coaching camp and the preseason previous to getting positioned on injured reserve.

Because the Patriots’ offensive line has struggled within the early a part of the season, Belichick didn’t say whether or not Reiff was locked into both enjoying guard or sort out at this level.

“It’s at all times good to have versatility when you may have it, not everyone provides you that, however some guys do,” Belichick mentioned. “He’s comfy enjoying totally different spots. Some guys have to lock in to at least one spot, and he’s comfy doing a number of issues. He provides us that versatility if we want it, at each spots — guard and sort out.”