Toward the end of the second quarter in Thursday night's preseason game between the Patriots and Redskins, Patriots defensive tackle Chris Jones suffered an ankle injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the game.
The injury -- which occurred when fellow Patriots defensive tackle Marcus Forston fell into Jones' left leg -- will likely force Jones to miss the remainder of the preseason, according to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss. It appears as though it won't be a season-ending injury, however, per the report.
New England's depth at defensive tackle will be tested while Jones is out. Defensive tackle Sealver Siliga injured his hand in a joint practice with the Redskins on Tuesday and missed Thursday night's game. It's unclear when he'll be eligible to return to action.
The Patriots have already managed a handful of injuries at the defensive tackle spot this summer. Rookie first-round draft choice Dominique Easley has yet to practice with the team as he continues to rehab a torn ACL, and veteran defensive tackles Vince Wilfork (Achilles) and Tommy Kelly (ACL) are also coming off of season-ending injuries.
Both Wilfork and Kelly have been full participants in practice recently, and both took part in Thursday night's game. Wilfork looked to be moving normally, but snaps were limited to a series against Washington. Kelly played into the second quarter and displayed good enough power to push the Redskins pocket on a couple of occasions.
With Jones and Siliga apparently out of action in the near future, Forston, Joe Vellano, Eathyn Manumaleuna and LT Tuipulotu could see more reps in next week's joint practices with the Eagles.