New England Patriots offensive guard Tre' Jackson has been battling a knee injury and was ruled out for the AFC Championship Game after missing last weekend's divisional playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs, per the team's official Twitter account.
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The Patriots' Thursday and Friday injury reports listed Jackson as questionable after he was a limited participant for both sessions.
The 2015 fourth-round pick appeared in 13 games and made nine starts during his first season out of Florida State. Jackson was fairly durable, but he suffered a knee injury in Week 8 against the Indianapolis Colts that forced him to miss Weeks 9-11.
Working at right guard, Jackson impressed head coach Bill Belichick throughout the early stages of the season. In fact, Belichick went out of his way to praise the rookie's development in pass protection, according to the Boston Herald's Adam Kurkjian.
Thanks to his timely evolution, Jackson played 54.2 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps in a rotation with Josh Kline and fellow rookie Shaq Mason, per ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Without Jackson available against the Chiefs, Kline lined up at left guard and Mason slotted in at right guard. And with that setup in place, the Patriots didn't allow quarterback Tom Brady to get sacked once.
Replicating that feat against a Denver Broncos pass rush featuring Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware will be difficult, but the Patriots' youngsters have proved capable of turning heads in difficult matchups.