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Patriots Mac Jones scrambled out of the pocket for short yardage in the 4th quarter. [The Providence Journal / Kris Craig]

  • Rich Shertenlieb: Are you hearing anything about there being a difference in what the Patriots want and what Mac Jones wants?

  • Albert Breer: I think there was some push and pull this week. I was on the show when [Mike] Giardi was on yesterday. I think what is possible is that Mac didn’t want to get this surgery because of what he saw at Alabama. And remember, like Tua went through this twice, right? So the first time, Tua had the surgery, he was hurt in the SEC championship game and came back a month later for the playoff semifinal, played in the semifinal, played the final. Then he had the surgery again on his other leg in 2019. First game back from that surgery, he dislocated his hip.

    I’m not relating one to the other, but if you’re a player, if you are literally the guy who walked onto the field, Tua was writhing in pain and yelling in pain. Right? And you saw that and you saw what led up to it. You might be like, ‘I don’t know if I want to do that surgery’, you know? So, I think the good news here is what’s possible, and I’m just theorizing here. Maybe initially, this looked like an eight-week injury and the Patriots said, “We want you to get the tightrope [surgery].”

    He said, ‘No, I don’t want to do that.” He gets a second opinion. After a day, they come back and they say, “We think you can get back faster than that.” Then the idea of doing surgeries is less relevant because of the difference in time. I think it is pretty plausible when you look at the timeline.