New England Patriots

  • Mac Jones’ (ankle) status remains up in the air just over 48 hours before the Patriots face the Bears on Monday Night Football. Jones is one of 12 players listed as questionable for the for the game on the team’s final injury report of the week from Saturday.

    As the week has gone on, Jones’ situation has continuously changed. On Thursday, separate reports indicated that Jones – who has missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain – planned on being available pending clearing a ‘final hurdle’ at practice. A day later, NFL Network’s Mike Giardi noted that to that point, Jones still needed to be medically cleared by the team, which could be that final hurdle.


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  • Jones spoke with Patriots media on Friday, which was the first time he did so since the day after he injured his ankle. Keep an eye out tomorrow for whether or not the team elevates quarterback Garrett Gilbert from the practice squad – if they don’t it’s a strong sign Jones should be cleared to at least dress.

    The 11 other players listed as questionable are wide receivers Nelson Agholor (hamstring) and Kendrick Bourne (toe), offensive linemen Mike Onwenu (ankle) and Isaiah Wynn (shoulder), defensive linemen Christian Barmore (knee) and Lawrence Guy (shoulder), linebackers Josh Uche (hamstring) and Anfernee Jennings (calf), and cornerbacks Jalen Mills (illness), Jonathan Jones (ankle), and Shaun Wade (illness).

    Of those players, only Wade was a non-participant on Saturday, while the other 10 were limited. Jennings is the only player to be added to the report on Saturday, with everyone else having also been included on Friday.

  • Two players were also removed from the injury report in running back Damien Harris (hamstring) and tight end Jonnu Smith (ankle). Harris’ status is notable, after it was reported last week he was expected to miss ‘multiple games.’ In his absence, Rhamondre Stevenson has been tasked with a heavy workload for two consecutive games, so getting him back in the lineup should help bring more balance back to the position.

    As was the case all week, the Bears turned in a blank injury report. Their side appears to be full-go for this game.

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