FOXBORO -- Even though Chandler Jones was listed as being "limited" at practice again on Friday, it seems as if the Patriots are preparing to have him for Monday night's game against the Houston Texans.
Linebacker Rob Ninkovich nearly confirmed that Jones would return on Monday night, following Friday's practice.
"Obviously when Chandler went down, we all had to kind of step up a little bit," said Ninkovich. "And now that he's back, it's going to help everybody. So I'm sure when he comes in, I'll bump back over to my spot. And we'll go from there."
Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.