Jones sustained an ankle injury in training ahead of last weekend's 4-1 win over Wycombe and also missed the goalless midweek draw at York.
Dale boss Keith Hill suggested the former Hartlepool and Oldham man could be back in contention for next week's home games against Gillingham and Southend.
"Ritchie turned his ankle on the Thursday before we played Wycombe and he has not recovered," Hill told his club's official website. "He should be back in training next week."
Elsewhere, forward Terry Gornell remains on the sidelines with a groin strain and young midfielder Reece Gray (broken leg) is a long-term absentee.