Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones had a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana, leading to his hospitalization early Sunday, a source familiar with the situation told the Boston Globe on Wednesday.
As the Boston Herald first reported, Jones sought help from Foxborough police Sunday morning and was admitted to Norwood Hospital shortly after 8 a.m.
The source said Jones lives near the Foxborough police station, and he walked there to seek help.
One day after missing a full-pads practice, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in Wednesday’s workout.
The Patriots were not required to issue an injury report Tuesday, so they didn’t have to disclose why a player missed practice. A league source told the Globe that Gronkowski’s absence was a precaution because of a minor ailment. He was one of 17 Patriots listed on Wednesday’s injury report, limited in his participation because of a knee injury. Along with the return of Julian Edelman, who missed the final seven games because of a broken bone in his foot, the health and availability of Gronkowski are vital to the Patriots’ offense.
The only player who didn’t practice Wednesday was rookie Tre’ Jackson, who has started nine games at right guard, including the last five. Jackson hadn’t appeared on the injury report since Nov. 27, when he was limited because of a knee injury, which forced him to miss three games. A knee injury was the reason Jackson missed practice Wednesday.
In addition to Gronkowski, 11 others were listed as limited: Jones (abdomen/toe), wide receivers Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (knee), offensive linemen Sebastian Vollmer (ankle) and LaAdrian Waddle (shoulder), tight end Scott Chandler (knee), cornerback Justin Coleman (concussion), linebackers Dont’a Hightower (knee) and Jonathan Freeny (hand), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (shin), and safety Nate Ebner (hand).
Four players, including Tom Brady (ankle), were listed under full participation. The others were receiver Brandon LaFell (foot), guard Josh Kline (shoulder) and safety Devin McCourty (ankle).