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Chandler Jones Illness: Updates on Patriots Star's Status and Recovery

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2016

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was taken to the hospital on the morning of Jan. 10 after he self-reported a medical emergency to the Foxborough Police Department, according to the Boston Herald's Erin Smith and Laurel J. Sweet.

Jones is ready to return against the Kansas City Chiefs in the divisional round of the playoffs. 

Continue for updates.


Jones Active vs. Chiefs

Saturday, Jan. 16

The team announced that Jones is playing in Saturday's game.


Latest on Jones' Practice Status 

Friday, Jan. 15

The team announced that Jones was a limited participant in Friday's session.


Jones Comments on Incident

Thursday, Jan. 14 

"I made a really stupid mistake," Jones said, per Michael Whitmer of the Boston Globe. Jones apologized and told reporters he is "focusing on the biggest game of his life."


Jones Reportedly Had Negative Reaction to Substance

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe reported a source said Jones had a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana that caused his hospitalization.

Lee Schechter of About.com reported there is no suspension for a first-time offense.


Patriots, Police Speak About Jones Incident

Tuesday, Jan. 12

"Chandler Jones was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and released that day," the statement read, per Smith and Sweet of the Boston Herald. "He reported to work on time Monday morning and has participated in all meetings and practices since then."

Documents obtained by the Boston Herald reportedly indicate at least five officers were present while Jones was being attended to in a back parking lot of the police station, which is roughly one block from the lineman's home. Dispatch reports also reportedly noted an officer was sent to Jones' house to "secure the residence."

However, Foxborough Police Chief Edward T. O'Leary denied there was any interaction between Jones and officers. 

O'Leary also said the reason there is no police report is because department protocol dictates paperwork shouldn't be filled out for a medical call "unless a person's dead," according to Smith and Sweet. 


Jones Gives Patriots Pro Bowl Presence on Defensive Line

Jones missed the Patriots' regular-season finale against the Miami Dolphins with a toe injury, but was otherwise healthy during a standout season.

In 15 games, he tallied 31 solo tackles and a career-best 12.5 sacks en route to his first Pro Bowl selection. 

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