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Mac Jones likely to miss ‘multiple games’ with ankle injury

Mac Jones looks on

Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The injury news about Mac Jones is not great.

Jones suffered a high ankle sprain during his New England Patriots’ 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that a sprain of such severity causes many people to undergo surgery.

At a minimum, Jones is expected to miss multiple games.

Schefter says Jones and the Pats are still discussing options. That seems to indicate that surgery could be a possibility.

The Patriots are 1-2 and have Brian Hoyer as their backup and Bailey Zappe as their third-string quarterback. Given their depth chart and the severity of Jones’ injury, the Patriots could be shaping up for a long season and likely top-10 draft pick.

Jones has passed for 786 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Tests reveal more information about Mac Jones ankle injury

Mac Jones warms up before a game

Sep 18, 2022; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones suffered an ankle injury toward the end of the New England Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, and it sounds like the quarterback is going to miss some time.

Jones underwent an X-ray following the game that came back negative. While that was good news, Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Monday that additional tests revealed Jones suffered a “pretty severe” high ankle sprain. He is seeking a second opinion but will likely miss the Patriots’ upcoming game against the Green Bay Packers.

Even if Jones does not need surgery, he could miss multiple games. High ankle sprains tend to be more severe than low ankle sprains and often result in multi-week absences for players.

Jones was hit by Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell as he threw a pass late in New England’s 37-26 loss. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he was unable to put any pressure on it as he hobbled off the field.

The Patriots had plenty of chances to beat the Ravens, but turnovers killed them. Jones went 22/32 for 321 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. If he is unable to play in Week 3 and beyond, veteran Brian Hoyer will start in his place.

Extent of Mac Jones’ ankle injury revealed

Mac Jones in pads

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones 10) throws the ball during a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones appeared to be in serious pain after he suffered a lower leg injury toward the end of the New England Patriots’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. Fortunately, the initial news on the injury is positive.

Jones underwent X-rays on his left ankle after the game. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the X-rays were negative.

While that is good news, Jones will still have to undergo an MRI to determine if there is any ligament damage. That will likely take place on Monday.

Jones was hit by Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell as he threw a pass late in New England’s 37-26 loss. His left leg bent awkwardly underneath him, and he was unable to put any pressure on it as he hobbled off the field.

The Patriots had plenty of chances to beat the Ravens, but turnovers killed them. Jones went 22/32 for 321 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. If he is unable to play in Week 3, veteran Brian Hoyer will likely start in his place.

Mac Jones suffers potentially serious leg injury

Mac Jones injury

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones suffered a serious-looking leg injury late in Sunday’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Jones and the Patriots were facing an 11-point deficit late against the Ravens, and were taking deep shots in a bad to try to get back in the game. On one attempt, Jones was hit as he threw by Calais Campbell, and his left leg twisted unnaturally underneath him.

Jones immediately ran off the field in obvious pain, unable to put any weight on his left leg. The second-year quarterback was visibly screaming in pain as he had to be helped to the locker room.

While it’s too soon to speculate on the exact nature of Jones’ injury, it certainly looks like it could be significant. Veteran Brian Hoyer is the team’s backup quarterback, and would likely have to step in if Jones misses any time.

Jones has been banged up through the start of the season, and battled through a back issue to play last week. He struggled with turnovers Sunday before the injury, throwing for 321 yards but with three interceptions.

Patriots share update on Mac Jones’ status

Mac Jones looks on

Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

All the news on Mac Jones is positive entering Week 2.

Jones suffered a back injury in his New England Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. There were questions early in the week about whether he would be able to play in Week 2.

Jones practiced on Wednesday despite his back problems, but he did not practice on Thursday due to a new issue — an illness.

Here’s the good news: even though he had a back injury and then the illness, Jones practiced in full on Friday and was removed from the Patriots’ injury report.

The 0-1 Patriots are 2.5-point favorites even though they will be visiting the 1-0 Steelers. The Pats’ offense looked anemic in the preseason. They weren’t much better in the 20-7 Week 1 loss to Miami.

At least Jones should be healthy for this one.

Mac Jones misses practice for new issue ahead of Week 2

Mac Jones in pads

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones 10) throws the ball during a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones practiced in full on Wednesday after he had an injury scare during the New England Patriots’ loss to the Miami Dolphins, but the quarterback dealt with a new issue on Thursday.

The Patriots announced on Thursday that Jones was held out of practice with an illness. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports that the former first-round pick had an upset stomach.

Jones suffered a back injury against the Dolphins. He underwent X-rays that revealed no structural damage. One report still made it seem like he is not a lock to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

The Patriots are looking to bounce back after the Dolphins beat them 20-7. Jones went 21/30 for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the game. If he is unable to go against the Steelers, veteran Brian Hoyer would likely start in his place.

Mac Jones not a lock to play against Steelers in Week 2?

Mac Jones looks on

Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The 2022 season got off to a rough start for the New England Patriots when they were dominated by the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, and there is a chance they could be without their quarterback in Week 2.

Jones appeared to suffer a back injury at some point during his team’s 20-7 loss to the Dolphins. He did not speak with the media afterward. He has since undergone tests which revealed no structural damage, according to Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Media. While Rapoport said the tests were a “very positive outcome,” he did not rule out Jones missing next Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

If Jones does have to miss a game, veteran backup Brian Hoyer would likely start in his place.

Jones went 21/30 for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception against Miami. The Patriots struggled on offense, though that was not a surprise given how they looked during the preseason.

Mac Jones suffers back injury in loss to Dolphins

Mac Jones in pads

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones 10) throws the ball during a game against the Washington Football Team at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones suffered an injury during the team’s season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Jones suffered a back injury against the Dolphins and did not speak to the media following the 20-7 defeat. Multiple reporters indicated that Jones was seen headed for an MRI.

Jones did play the entire game, going 21/30 for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Veteran Brian Hoyer is his backup and would likely be pressed into action if Jones actually misses any time.

The Patriots offense struggled on Sunday, though not all of that was down to Jones. That has been a growing concern throughout the preseason. The situation is unlikely to improve if Jones is out going forward, but it is far too soon to tell how serious the injury is.

Patriots adding another potential weapon for Mac Jones

Mac Jones looks on

Nov 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) during a timeout against the Atlanta Falcons in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Mac Jones could be getting another fellow ex-first round pick to throw to next season.

Field Yates of ESPN reported on Monday that the New England Patriots are adding wide receiver Laquon Treadwell to their practice squad. Treadwell had recently worked out for the team after being released by Jacksonville.

After going in the first round (23rd overall) to Minnesota in the 2016 draft, Treadwell failed to live up to the hype over his first several seasons and was cut by the Vikings in 2019. But he was surprisingly productive last year for the Jaguars, catching 31 passes for 405 yards in just the last seven weeks of the season.

Though the Patriots are hardly a murderer’s row at wideout, they did bring in DeVante Parker this offseason to go with Jakobi Meyers, Nelson Agholor, and Kendrick Bourne. Treadwell will have a chance to crack the depth chart as well and becomes the latest ex-Jaguars receiver to land with a new team.

Troy Aikman has flattering comparison for Mac Jones

Troy Aikman talking

Nov 21, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys former quarterback Troy Aikman attends the NFL game between the Houston Texans and the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There have been some concerns surrounding Mac Jones and the New England Patriots’ offense heading into the season, but one Hall of Fame quarterback seems confident that they will eventually straighten things out.

Troy Aikman, who is entering his first season as the color analyst for “Monday Night Football,” spoke with ESPN’s Mike Reiss about Jones. The three-time Super Bowl champion said he is not surprised by the reports that New England’s offense is struggling in the post-Josh McDaniels era. However, Aikman said he has gotten a chance to spend time with Jones and had a flattering — if not popular — comparison for the former Alabama star.

“I like Mac Jones; I really do. I think he possesses everything you need to win in the NFL,” Aikman said. “He’s a lot like Tom [Brady] that way, which has not been a surprise as to why he ended up in New England.”

Aikman also spoke about how difficult it is to find a good offensive coordinator. A lot of people have questioned Bill Belichick’s approach now that McDaniels is gone. Matt Patricia, who made a name for himself as a defensive coordinator under Belichick, is expected to call plays. Former New York Giants head coach and Patriots special teams coordinator Joe Judge has also been involved.

“I had a chance to play for a couple of the best who have done it [Ernie Zampese, Norv Turner]. Man, when you get that playcaller, and they’re in sync with the quarterback, it’s like being in step with a dance partner. It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” Aikman added. “So I do think they’re going to miss Josh. Maybe they already do. But if anyone can overcome that, obviously it’s Bill. He’s the best to have ever done it.”

Early in the offseason, the consensus seemed to be that Jones was working harder than ever and asserting himself heading into Year 2. He has probably done all that, but some of the recent reports about the Patriots offense have been troubling, to say the least.

Jones will turn 24 on Monday, It is unlikely that anything that happens in 2022 will define his career, but he has plenty of challenges ahead. Aikman seems to think he can overcome them.