Mac Jones

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Remains limited at practice

Jones (ankle) remainedlimited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: Back-to-back limited sessions offer hope that Jones could possibly start Sunday's game against the Lions, but at this stage such an outcome is far from a lock, with Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald noting earlier Thursday that Jones was still walking with a limp during practice due to his ankle injury. With Brian Hoyer (concussion) on IR, Bailey Zappe now profiles as the Patriots' No. 2 QB and would fill in as the team's starter this weekend if Jones is unavailable to play versus Detroit.

Oct 6, 2022 2:03 PM EST


Returns to limited practice

Jones (ankle) was listed as a limited practice participant Wednesday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: That's a step in the right direction for Jones after he didn't participate at all last week before sitting out the Patriots' loss to the Packers this past Sunday. While Jones was able to participate in what Mike Reiss of ESPN.com described as a scaled-back practice, Brian Hoyer (concussion) was sidelined Wednesday. For now, it's still unclear if Jones will be able to play this weekend against Detroit and if neither he or Hoyer are available, Bailey Zappe would be in line to get the team's Week 5 starting nod.

Oct 5, 2022 2:49 PM EST



On the field Wednesday

Jones (ankle) was present for Wednesday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Reiss, Jones, who is dealing with a high ankle sprain, "had more zip on the ball, and stepped into throws more than he did last Friday." It remains to be seen though how the Patriots list the participation level of the QB, who sat out this past Sunday's loss to the Packers. At this stage, Jones' status for this weekend's game against the Lions is unclear, as is the case with fellow signal caller Brian Hoyer (concussion), who wasn't spotted at Wednesday's session.

Oct 5, 2022 9:52 AM EST


Ruled out for Week 4

Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Analysis: Though Jones was spotted on the field Friday, he was subsequently listed a non-participant at practice and officially ruled out by the team. With Jones unavailable this weekend, Brian Hoyer will draw the start at QB for New England on Sunday. For his part, Jones' next chance to suit up will arrive in Week 5 versus Detroit.

Sep 30, 2022 1:01 PM EST


On the field Friday

Jones (ankle) was present for the start of Friday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Reiss adds that during the media-access portion of the session, Jones didn't move around much on his injured left ankle. It remains to be seen how the Patriots list Jones' participation level, but the QB's presence on the field Friday supports the notion there might be some chance he could play through what's been reported as a high ankle sprain. Either way, Friday's upcoming injury report will add a layer of context regarding Jones' chances of being available for Sunday's 4:25 ET contest against the Packers.

Sep 30, 2022 9:33 AM EST



Not spotted at practice

Jones (ankle) wasn't spotted during the media-access portion of Thursday's practice, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: Though Jones, who didn't practice Wednesday, is reportedly dealing with a high ankle sprain, per Mike Reiss of ESPN, at this stage the QB isn't counting himself out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. If Jones ends up being ruled out for the contest, however, Brian Hoyer would draw the start at QB for New England versus Green Bay in Week 4.

Sep 29, 2022 9:56 AM EST


Thinks he has a chance to play Sunday

Jones (ankle), who didn't practice Wednesday, believes that he has a chance to play Sunday against the Packers, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: It remains to be seen if Jones will be able to practice in any capacity Thursday, but Giardi indicates that the QB is participating in game planning ahead of Sunday's contest. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN, Jones suffered a high ankle sprain versus the Ravens in Week 3, while coach Bill Belichick has made a point of saying that the Patriots are taking it "day-by-day" with their Week 4 signal-caller plans.

Sep 29, 2022 8:42 AM EST


Not practicing Wednesday

Jones (ankle) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Jones reportedly dealing with a high ankle sprain, his absence from practice is no surprise. In his absence, Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe are slated to handle the Patriots' QB reps at practice. Though the team may not confirm Jones' Week 4 status until Friday's final injury report, it doesn't seem likely that he'll be available this weekend against the Packers. If the 2021 first-rounder is indeed ruled out, Hoyer would draw the start Sunday.

Sep 28, 2022 10:51 AM EST


Not expected to practice

Coach Bill Belichick indicated that Jones "probably won't practice" Wednesday, but added that the QB has "made a lot of progress" since reportedly suffering a high ankle sprain this past Sunday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: At this point it doesn't seem likely that Jones will be able to play this weekend against the Packers, but for now at least the team hasn't ruled out such a possibility. Per Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, Belichick did confirm Wednesday that if Jones is unavailable versus Green Bay in Week 4, Brian Hoyer would start at QB in his place.

Sep 28, 2022 9:19 AM EST


Surgery, DNPs possible

Jones may require surgery on the high-ankle sprain that he sustained Sunday against the Ravens and likely is slated for a multi-game absence, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As was believed to be the case in the aftermath of Week 3 action, Jones indeed has been diagnosed with a left high-ankle sprain after undergoing an MRI on Monday. Assuming Jones has to sit out Sunday at Green Bay and beyond, Brian Hoyer is in line to direct the Patriots offense in the meantime, with rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe available to serve as the team's backup quarterback.

Sep 26, 2022 4:37 PM EST


High-ankle sprain confirmed

Jones suffered a left high-ankle sprain during Sunday's loss to the Ravens, further tests confirmed Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Patriots haven't yet offered an official recovery timetable for the second-year quarterback, but Jones doesn't seem like a realistic candidate to suit up Week 4 at this point. New England reportedly hopes that Jones won't require surgery, which would help his chances of returning down the stretch this season, but for now Brian Hoyer seems set to draw the start versus Green Bay in Week 4. The Patriots also have rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe on hand to act as Hoyer's backup.

Sep 26, 2022 9:50 AM EST


Likely has high ankle sprain

Jones is believed to have suffered a high ankle sprain in Sunday's 37-26 loss to the Ravens, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: If Jones' MRI on Monday reveals a high ankle sprain as expected, the second-year quarterback would likely face a multi-week absence. Brian Hoyer would start in Week 4 against the Packers if Jones is unable to play, while rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe would likely slot in as the backup.

Sep 25, 2022 6:05 PM EST


To undergo MRI on Monday

Jones is slated for an MRI on Monday on the ankle that he injured during Sunday's 37-26 loss to the Ravens, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While X-rays were returned negative after the game, there's concern that Jones picked up a high-ankle sprain or, at the very least, some sort of tendon or ligament damage, according to Michael Giardi of NFL Network. Jones had a mediocre Week 3 performance, completing 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards and three interceptions to go with five carries for 31 yards and one touchdown. If Jones is forced to miss any time, Brian Hoyer is next in line to take over the Patriots offense.

Sep 25, 2022 3:43 PM EST


Dealing with ankle injury

X-Rays on Jones' ankle following Sunday's 37-26 loss to the Ravens, were negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: That said, the QB's ankle will continue to be evaluated, so Jones' status for next Sunday's game against the Packers will be worth monitoring. If he's forced to miss practice reps this coming week, Brian Hoyer would be next in line to handle New England's signal-caller reps.

Sep 25, 2022 2:26 PM EST


Dealing with leg injury

Jones, who completed 22 of 32 passes for 321 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in the Patriots' 37-26 loss to the Ravens on Sunday, sustained a leg injury late in the contest, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones suffered the injury on his third and final interception of the day, limping off the field after the play was over. The second-year signal-caller generated a season-high yardage figure in the loss, and he's now posted an ugly 2:5 TD:INT through three contests. With his health now in question in the immediate aftermath of Sunday's defeat, Jones' status for a Week 4 road matchup against the Packers figures to be firmly up in the air for at least the early portion of the week.

Sep 25, 2022 1:26 PM EST


Good enough to win

Jones completed 21 of 35 pass attempts for 252 yards, one touchdown and one interception against Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Analysis: The Patriots were able to sneak out with a 17-14 win in the road matchup, and Jones could have done worse. It's encouraging that he coaxed big games out of Nelson Agholor (six catches for 110 yards and one touchdown on six targets) and Jakobi Meyers (nine catches for 95 yards on 13 targets), but the Patriots offense still seems short of where they'd like it to be. With a 1-1 record Jones will face the Ravens at home in Week 3.

Sep 18, 2022 1:06 PM EST


Cleared for Week 2 action

Jones (back/illness) doesn't carry an injury designation ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers after practicing fully Friday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones -- who had been dealing with a back issue coming out of Week 1 action -- practiced fully Wednesday, before sitting out Thursday's session due to an illness. Following his full participation Friday, the second-year QB -- who completed 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception in last Sunday's 20-7 loss to Miami -- is now poised to face a Steelers defense that racked up four picks and seven sacks in a 23-20 overtime win over Joe Burrow and the Bengals last weekend.

Sep 16, 2022 1:32 PM EST


Returns to practice

Jones (illness) was present for practice Friday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: After participating fully in Wednesday's practice, Jones -- who had been dealing with a back issue -- sat out Thursday's session, but his return to the field Friday has him trending toward being available Sunday against the Steelers. The Patriots' upcoming injury report will reveal whether the QB heads into the weekend listed as questionable or minus a Week 2 designation.

Sep 16, 2022 9:29 AM EST


Misses practice Thursday

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network indicates that Jones (illness) -- who is not practicing Thursday -- is believed to be dealing with an upset stomach.

Analysis: The report suggests that the QB's illness in not thought to be COVID-related, but Jones' status is nonetheless worth monitoring closely in advance of Sunday's contest against the Steelers. A return to the field Friday, in any capacity, would put Jones back on track to be available for Week 2 action.

Sep 15, 2022 10:15 AM EST


Slated to miss practice

Jones (illness) isn't in line to practice Thursday, Evan Lazar of the Patriots' official site reports.

Analysis: After participating fully Wednesday, Jones -- who had been dealing with a back issue -- is now slated to miss practice Thursday. As a result, the signal caller's status will now need to be monitored ahead of Sunday's game against the Steelers. In his absence, Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe are on hand to handle the Patriots' QB reps in practice.

Sep 15, 2022 9:45 AM EST


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