FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t reveal if defensive end Chandler Jones’ usage in Saturday’s playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs will be affected by the medical emergency that led him to being admitted to a local hospital Sunday.
“We’ll see on Saturday. I could just Xerox you a copy of the game plan and you can send it over to Kansas City. That might be easier for all of us,” Belichick said at his morning news conference.
Jones had a bad reaction to a substance he put into his body, sources told ESPN. The Boston Globe reported that the substance was synthetic marijuana.
“Relative to Chandler’s situation, there is nothing more important to me personally than the health and well-being of our players, staff, and support people in the organization,” Belichick said. “That’s the way it is with this organization and with me personally. I don’t think that will ever change. We issued a statement on that and I really don’t have anything to add to it.”
The Patriots’ statement, which was released Tuesday after the Boston Herald first reported on Jones, read: “Chandler Jones was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and released that day. He reported to work on time Monday morning and has participated in all meetings and practices since then.”
Belichick had not held a news conference since news of Jones’ situation broke late Tuesday. Things got testy at times Thursday morning after he was asked several questions related to Jones, with Belichick saying, “Is there any more questions about the Chiefs here? The rest of it, I’m done talking about it. We issued a statement. That’s it.”