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On Monday, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick revealed that running back Danny Woodhead, who injured his left thumb in the first quarter of the team's Sunday win over the Houston Texans, could have returned to the game if he was needed (click HERE to read more), but because of the flow of the game, Woodhead stayed on the sidelines.
Asked Tuesday to explain the situation surrounding defensive end Chandler Jones' ankle injury, Belichick offered the following:
"We do the same thing with every player. Any players that are in for treatment yesterday and today, well everybody was in yesterday, but the guys who got treatment yesterday, the guys who came in for treatment today, we'll take a look at them today, take a look at them tomorrow and make a decision as to whether or not we think they can practice. If we do, we'll put them out there, let them go through the early part of practice, early stages, individual work, and see how that progresses and make a decision as to whether or not to put them in the group or team drills later on in practice. It's the same thing for every player regardless. If they're not ready then they don't practice, or they practice on a limited basis and if they're able to continue and do the things that all the other players are doing, the mainstream program players are doing, then they do that."
In re-watching the television broadcast from Sunday, it appears that a Texans lineman accidentally fell on the left ankle of Jones on Arian Foster's touchdown run late in the first half. Jones previously missed two games after suffering a right ankle injury against the Colts back in Week 11.