Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones, who had injuries to each of his ankles late in the season, will not require surgery on either, a team source confirmed Tuesday.
When Jones spoke with the media Jan. 21, a day after the season-ending loss to the Ravens in the AFC Championship game, he said he was going to speak with the team's medical personnel later that day to see if surgery would be needed. Turns out, it is not.
Jones suffered an injury to his right ankle in the Patriots' 59-24 win over the Colts Nov. 18, and missed the next two games -- road wins over the Jets and Dolphins -- while recovering. He played in the final four games of the regular season after returning, but his numbers (nine tackles, no sacks) were down from his first nine games, when he averaged 4.5 tackles and had all six of his sacks for the season.
In the Patriots' divisional-round playoff win over the Texans Jan. 13, Jones was injured again, this time hurting his left ankle. He was part of a goal-line pileup on a touchdown run by Houston's Arian Foster, left the game, and did not return.
That injury limited Jones to just two defensive snaps against the Ravens, even though he practiced all week and was listed by the team as "probable."