News: Jones (hip) was present for Wednesday's walk-through, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: While his presence at the walk-through is a step in the right direction, it's too early to say if Jones has any shot to play in Sunday's game against the Packers. At the very least though, it does suggest that the defensive end is inching toward a return to the field for the Patriots' December stretch run.
News: Slater agreed to a two-year, $4 million contract extension with the Patriots on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The deal will keep Slater, the Patriots' special teams ace, with the club through the end of the 2016 season. Despite being listed as a receiver, Slater almost never sees any involvement offensively. He's logged just eight offensive snaps on the season.