The New England Patriots already knew they were going to be without quarterback Mac Jones for a little while following his latest injury suffered this weekend. Now, they know about how long he’ll be off the field.
According to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, Jones suffered a “severe high ankle sprain” and will miss “multiple games.” Per Schefter, the injury would “cause many to have surgery” and the team and their quarterback are currently trying to figure out the best way forward.
Patriots’ QB Mac Jones has what doctors diagnosed as a severe high ankle sprain that would cause many to have surgery, per sources. He is likely to miss multiple games. Jones and the Patriots still are discussing his options and the best way to proceed.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 26, 2022
It’s pretty tough news for the Patriots, who are 1-2 on the season so far and staring at a major gap between them and the AFC East-leading Miami Dolphins and high-powered Buffalo Bills.
Bill Belichick’s team is expected to turn to Brian Hoyer to be their starting quarterback in the interim, though it’s possible they could also try to bring in someone like Gardner Minshew or even Cam Newton to compete. The team also has rookie Baily Zappe on the roster.
Belichick has a lot of big decisions to make before the Patriots head out to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers this weekend. But before then, the NFL world has some strong reactions to the Jones news, including what New England should do about it.
Brian Hoyer has lost 11 straight games as a starter dating back to 2016. https://t.co/RCLXdC8tD0
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) September 26, 2022
I'm glad basketball season is starting soon. https://t.co/82RJDLhrE6
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) September 26, 2022
Brian Hoyer time. https://t.co/7ZA3fqYFGZ
— Nick Camino (@NickCaminoWKYC) September 26, 2022
It’d be pretty stupid to not go with Zappe at this point just to see what you have with him. Bill would be lying to himself if he thinks he could win with Hoyer https://t.co/F61sIwzjiX
— Xanny DeVito (@trevorstweetss) September 26, 2022
— Marissa Tansino (@MarissaTansino) September 26, 2022
We now wait to see if Jones returns this season or if the Patriots decide he should get surgery and heal up.