Mac Jones takes another step towards getting back to 100 percent
October 26th, 2022
After having a rough going of it in Monday night’s loss, things have been trending the right way for Patriots quarterback Mac Jones since. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, ESPN reported the plan is for Jones to be the starter Sunday against the Jets, and that he took the heavy majority of the first team reps in the team’s first practice of the week.
That increased workload for Jones suggested that he is at least close to fully healthy after missing three games with a high ankle sprain. Wednesday’s injury report confirmed that, as Jones did not appear on the report for the first time since suffering that ankle injury in Week 3.
This should be good news for Jones moving forward as well, as lingering effects of the injury were cited as a reason the team elected to not have him finish Monday night’s game. Now, it appears the team believes he’s ready for a full 60 minutes.
Jones spoke with the media Wednesday afternoon, and was asked if him coming off the injury report means he’s back at 100 percent. “I feel pretty good,” he replied. “Just trying to get my treatment.” He was asked about the possibility of another quarterback rotation, and explained, “I think we always have a plan, and when coach wants to talk about that we’ll talk about it. All I can focus on is practice today.”
Given everything that’s been put out there, a quarterback rotation does seem unlikely at this point. Bill Belichick sounded bearish about the idea when asked about it following the game Monday night, and that was before Jones’ health improved.
While Jones was removed from the injury report, there are still 11 players listed by the Patriots to start the week. That includes three players who missed Wednesday’s walkthrough-like practice in center David Andrews (concussion), defensive lineman Christian Barmore (knee), and safety Kyle Dugger (ankle). Andrews and Dugger both left Monday’s game early, while Barmore was inactive after being limited last week.
Of the eight players that are listed as limited, safety Adrian Phillips (shoulder) is the only new addition to the report from last week. Phillips also left Monday’s game early due to his injury.
In addition to Phillips, wide receivers Nelson Agholor (hamstring) and Kendrick Bounre (toe), offensive linemen Mike Onwenu (ankle) and Isaiah Wynn (shoulder), linebackers Anfernee Jennings (calf) and Josh Uche (hamstring), and cornerback Jonathan Jones (ankle) were all limited as well. Defensive lineman Lawrence Guy (shoulder) and cornerbacks Jalen Mills (hamstring) and Shaun Wade (illness) joined Jones in being removed from the report all together.
The Patriots also made a couple of moves related to injured reserve as well. Offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste (thumb) – who was placed on IR after Week 3 – returned to practice on Wednesday, designating him to return from IR. The team now has three weeks to active him.
On the practice squad, the team placed rookie UDFA LaBryan Ray on practice squad IR with an undisclosed injury. To fill his spot the team re-signed kicker Tristan Vizcaino, who had been released last week.
Checking in on the Jets, wide receiver Cory Davis (knee) and defensive lineman John Franklin-Meyers (illness) both missed practice on Wednesday. Offensive tackle Duane Brown (shoulder), defensive end Jermaine Johnson (ankle), linebacker Quincy Williams (ankle), and safety Ashtyn Davis (hamstring) were all limited.
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