Both players were ruled out, along with tight end Rob Gronkowski, on the team’s Friday injury report. There’s not much surprise in either case. Mankins has missed the last two games and hasn’t been practicing as a result of ankle and calf injuries. Jones missed the Thanksgiving win against the Jets with the sprained ankle he suffered in Week 11. Reports earlier this week pointed in this direction and Jones’ inability to practice helped confirm it.
As always, the Patriots have a slew of players listed as questionable. Tackle Sebastian Vollmer missed the Jets game after being part of the questionable horde last week and he’s questionable again this week thanks to a back injury. Wide receiver Julian Edelman is questionable after suffering a concussion last week.
The Patriots visit the Dolphins on Sunday. A victory makes them the AFC East champions for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.