Patriots QB Mac Jones reportedly suffers "pretty severe" ankle sprain

Boston, Massachusetts - An MRI on Monday confirmed what the New England Patriots feared regarding Mac Jones' ankle.

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones celebrates after a touchdown during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium.
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones celebrates after a touchdown during the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium.  © REUTERS

Jones suffered a "pretty severe" high ankle sprain in Sunday’s 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, according to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero.

The team is hopeful the 24-year-old quarterback will be able to recover without needing surgery. Though they haven't given a timetable for a return or confirmed if a stint on injured reserve is necessary, it seems unlikely he'll be able to play on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

That means veteran Brian Hoyer would be in line to make his first start since Week 4 of the 2020 season, when he threw for just 130 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception in New England's 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Jones was hurt on the Patriots' final offensive play on Sunday, an interception with 1:55 remaining. The 2021 first-round pick landed hard on the turf from a hit by Baltimore defensive lineman Calais Campbell, then hobbled to the sidelines while grabbing his ankle before being taken straight to the locker room.

Jones threw for 321 yards in Sunday's loss, but was intercepted three times, giving him five through the 1-2 Patriots' first three games.

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