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Bill Belichick: Injured DE Chandler Jones 'making progress'

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the Boston Globe first reported that New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones had a hip injury, the expectation was that he would be out "about a month." The injury came Oct. 16 against the Jets.

Jason LaCanfora of CBSSports.com, meanwhile, added some more specifics: "He does not have a torn labrum, the sources said, and the team is very optimistic that he will be a factor for them in the stretch playoff run."

Meanwhile, the Boston Herald has viewed things a bit more pessimistically, opening up the possibility that it could be a regular-season-ending situation.

On Sunday, with just three reporters actively taking part in Bill Belichick's conference call (ESPNBoston.com, CSNNE.com and The Associated Press), the question was asked of Belichick: What type of update might there be on Jones, and is the idea it could be season ending any part of the consideration?

"No real update," Belichick said, deflecting the question, as he often does when it comes to injuries. "He's been making progress. We'll list him weekly as we're required to do on the injury and practice notifications. Whatever he's able to do, that's the way it will be."