FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones did not observe on Thursday due to an sickness, in accordance with the staff.
Jones’ sickness at present is not anticipated to influence his availability for Sunday’s street sport in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers, in accordance with sources.
But it surely additionally is not superb on a day the Patriots typically work on third-down conditions, amongst different issues. Veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe had been the lone quarterbacks at Thursday’s observe.
Jones’ sickness provides one other layer to an eventful week for the second-year quarterback, who injured his again in Sunday’s season-opening loss and underwent X-rays shortly thereafter, which led to the cancellation of his postgame information convention.
Jones mentioned all of the checks after the sport got here again “wonderful.” He practiced absolutely on Wednesday and afterward reported that his again responded nicely.
“Feels good, protecting it heat, throwing the soccer,” he mentioned, including that he was able to play Sunday.
The Jones-led Patriots offense dedicated three turnovers in a 20-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins, whereas the Steelers’ protection created 5 turnovers in an extra time victory over the defending AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.
Earlier than his sickness, Jones mentioned: “Steelers [have] all the time had that hard-nosed, turnover-type soccer staff. They’ve stored that M.O.”