New England Patriots

  • The Mac Jones saga picked back up on Wednesday, as the Patriots’ starting quarterback tries to work his way back from a high ankle sprain he suffered two weeks ago. Last week, the Patriots didn’t officially rule Jones out until late Friday afternoon, leaving the door open for a potential start.

    On Wednesday, head coach Bill Belichick was asked for an update on Jones and gave an answer similar to those he gave last week. “We’ll see. I don’t know. We’ll just to take it day-to-day,” he said when asked about the quarterback situation. Specifically asked for an update on Jones, Belichick remarked “we’ll have the injury report for you. I can’t wait to get it out. I just want to make sure it’s accurate, so we’ll see where things are in practice.”

    That injury report was released late Wednesday afternoon, and offered an encouraging sign for Jones’ status. He’s listed as limited, after being a non-participant late last week despite being seen on the field. For the portion of practice that was open to the media on Wednesday, Jones was more involved. He was moving around and fully throwing the ball, although did appear to be walking with a bit of a limp.

  • While Jones was back at practice, Brian Hoyer was not spotted on the field and did not take part in the session. Hoyer suffered a concussion early in the game against the Packers.

    In addition to Hoyer, tight end Jonnu Smith (hamstring) and defensive linemen Lawrence Guy (shoulder) and DaMarcus Mitchell (concussion) were listed as non-participants. Guy was spotted on the field Wednesday afternoon, which has been the case at times this year for Patriots players who don’t participate in practice due to injuries. Smith and Mitchell both got hurt on Sunday, with a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport indicating Smith’s status is ‘week-to-week.’

  • In addition to Jones, the Patriots had six players listed as limited. Right tackle Isaiah Wynn (hip) is the only player from that group new to the injury report this week. Wynn didn’t finish last week’s game in the starting lineup. With Wynn banged up, the Patriots’ tackle depth could get tested, and the team made two roster moves at the position on Wednesday. Marcus Cannon was signed to the active roster from the practice squad, and Sebastian Gutierrez was signed to fill Cannon’s spot on the practice squad.

    Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (knee), linebacker Raekwon McMillan (thumb), cornerback Jalen Mills (hamstring), and safeties Adrian Phillips (ribs), Kyle Dugger (knee) were all limited, as was the case last week. Defensive lineman Davon Godchaux and safety Joshuah Bledsoe do not appear on this week’s injury report after being listed last week.

    Meanwhile, the Lions had multiple offensive starters not participating in practice on Wednesday. That includes running back D’Andre Swift (shoulder/ankle), wide receivers Amon-Ra St. Brown (ankle) and DJ Chark (ankle), tight end T.J. Hockenson (hip), and center Frank Ragnow (foot).

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