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Jack Jones’ playing time was limited again on Sunday.
He sat out the first quarter for the second week in a row and played just 10 snaps, his lowest total of the season.
Last week, ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that Jones and JC Jackson missed curfew at the team’s hotel ahead of the Washington game. Both cornerbacks started the game against the Commanders on the bench. Jackson did not make the trip to Germany. Jones played sparingly against the Colts.
Chris Mason of MassLive reports that Jones looked disengaged on the sideline during Sunday’s game, sitting on the bench while other backup defenders stood.
According to Mason, Patriots safety Jabrill Peppers said he did not know the reason for Jones’ behavior.
“No, not yet,” Peppers said, according to MassLive. “But I have a very good relationship with him. I’m going to talk to him, see where his head is. There’s a bye week coming up. Relax and refresh, recharge and come back ready to go to New York.”
Last Tuesday, cornerbacks coach Mike Pellegrino said he wasn’t concerned about Jones’ behavior because it didn’t happen regularly.
Images on social media appeared to show Jones sitting on the bench away from the other defenders during last week’s game. This week, the behavior reportedly spilled over into the Colts game.
Still, Peppers was “encouraged” by the way Jones responded to last week’s punishment, which allowed him to make the trip, Mason wrote.
‘He responded. We are all grown men. He took it like a man,” Peppers said. “He knows what we expect from him. He knows what the team expects from him. And we expect that we will get that from him. So it is what it is. We handled it. It’s behind us now. All you can do is come out of here with a win.”
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