New England Patriots

  • After a week full of speculation, the Patriots have ruled quarterback Mac Jones (ankle) out for Sunday’s game in Green Bay against the Packers. This was confirmed by the team’s Friday injury report. It will be the first time in Jones’ career going back to high school that he misses a game due to injury.

    Jones – who suffered a high ankle sprain last week against the Ravens – had returned to practice Friday afternoon driving the speculation that he could end up being a game-time decision on Sunday. Even though he was spotted on the field, Jones was listed as a non-participant on Friday. 

    Brian Hoyer will get the start with Jones out, something Bill Belichick confirmed earlier in the week. Rookie fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe will likely dress as Hoyer’s backup after being a healthy scratch for the first three weeks.

     

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  • In addition to Jones, defensive lineman Lawrence Guy (shoulder) and offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste (thumb) have also been ruled out. Guy didn’t practice at all this week, while Cajuste was limited on Wednesday before missing Thursday and Friday.

    Seven players are listed as questionable for the Patriots on this week’s injury report. They are wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (knee), defensive lineman Davon Godchaux (back), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb), cornerback Jalen Mills (hamstring), and safeties Kyle Dugger (knee), Adrian Phillips (ribs), and Joshuah Bledsoe (groin). All seven were limited on Friday, as was the case all week.

    The Packers have not yet released their injury report for the week. This post will be updated when they do. On Thursday, the team was missing All-Pro tackle David Bakhtiari (knee) and cornerback Jaire Alexander (groin) at practice.

    UPDATE: The Packers’ injury report can be found here. There are only two players with game statuses – tackle Caleb Jones (illness) has been ruled out, while Alexander is questionable. 

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