Thanks to snagging the number two seed in the AFC, the New England Patriots have had over a week to prepare for their divisional round playoff game.
Reports today, however, have revealed that things got off to a rather bizarre start on Sunday.
As reported by The Boston Herald, Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones "was rushed to hospital" after arriving at the Foxboro Police Department complaining of a medical emergency.
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It is unclear at this stage exactly what the "medical emergency" was, but Jones was seen to by five police officers and transported to Norwood Hospital.
The Patriots have confirmed the reports today, stating that their key defensive player was treated on Sunday and released on the same day. They stated he has participated fully in team activities since.
Making the situation all the more mysterious is the fact that, as per the Herald, Foxborough Police were found to have deleted the medical record of events when reporters requested them.
Audio footage of the police dispatch to the situation has been released, however. In the eight-minute clip, police can be heard describing Jones as the "confused party," as well as discussing securing the home of an individual (likely Jones).
Jones is the Patriots' team leader in sacks this season having racked up 12.5 in 2015. Tasked with overcoming a Chiefs team on an 11-game win streak this weekend, New England will need the 25-year-old at his best.
Having to deal with medical issues in the run up to the game isn't exactly the type of preparation the team would have been hoping for.
Patriots fans: Are your team capable of repeating as Super Bowl champs? Have your say in the comments below...