New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers with a left ankle injury.
Jones was ruled out after making a surprise return to the training ground on Friday. His injured ankle was tightly wrapped as he moved cautiously during the brief portion of practice open to the media, and he was officially listed as not practicing by the Patriots.
Veteran backup Brian Hoyer had been named by coach Bill Belichick as the starter against Green Bay if Jones couldn’t play.
Before practice, Belichick said the Patriots were still in wait-and-see mode regarding Jones’ potential availability.
“Ultimately it will be a decision made by the medical staff, in consultation with Mac, of course,” Belichick said. “He’s no different to any other player. I mean he is, but I’m just saying the process is the same. Medical assessment, talk to the player and as a coach, to any time, get the information you get and you make a decision, if there’s a decision to be made.”
Jones, in his second year with New England, was injured when Baltimore’s Calais Campbell suffered an ankle injury late in the Patriots’ 37-26 loss to the Ravens last week.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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