Report: Brian Hoyer expects to start, but Mac Jones is telling teammates he might play

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The Patriots may not have a decision on their starting quarterback for Sunday’s game in Green Bay until shortly before kickoff.

Brian Hoyer is expected to start in place of the injured Mac Jones, but Jones is telling teammates that his sprained ankle is getting better and he still might play, according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Jones may go through pregame warmups before a final decision is made. If he can’t go, Hoyer would start and rookie Bailey Zappe would back him up.

Although reports early this week said Jones suffered a severe high-ankle sprain, the latest report indicates that the severity of Jones’ injury was overstated, and he might be able to give it a go.

47 responses to “Report: Brian Hoyer expects to start, but Mac Jones is telling teammates he might play

  1. GB is going to trounce NE no matter who NE starts at QB. Jones should just sit. A high ankle sprain is nothing to mess with. I remember Todd Heap got a high ankle sprain about the 3rd or 4th game of the season, came back too soon, and wound up missing the entire year.

  2. Just a couple of days ago Belichick took it on the chin from the Boston media (per usual) because of his “taking it day by day” answers to their repetitive questions. Heck, they were even upset with Jones for not being more open and giving them definitive answers to the same line of questioning.

    Now, 48 hours later, what do you know? Mac Jones might be able to go this weekend and suddenly it looks like Bill and Mac were justified in their answers and not willing to say he’d be out for “x” amount of time.

    Having said that, as a Pats fan I’d still just assume see Mac sit at least one week and give it some extra time to heal and hopefully make him less reliant on a shot to numb the ankle.

  3. Amazing what the Boston media does. Absolutely amazing. Hoyer is starting. Mac Jones trying to make his efforts as the starter is just that. Nothing more.

    Let’s focus on Miam’s RAMPANT recent CHEATING that Goodell is ignoring.

  4. Mac is pretty darn tough. Some in Boston media were mocking the kid for how he looked when he got hurt but this kid has played through some big hits!

  5. Much respect to Brian Hoyer. I don’t think anyone would have predicted that he would stick around in the NFL for this long. He has made a nice career for himself. Plus, he has a winning record as the Browns starter. That’s as impossible as it gets.

  6. From what we have see from Mac I am more comfortable going with Hoyer or Zappe or some guy BB pulls out of his car on Rt 495

  7. Coach Belichick does have a lot to prove as a head coach.

    For 2 decades he benefited from a cheating QB who also got to pad his stats against the worst division in professional sports over that time.

    Now he has to coach up a legit QB who won’t cheat. He needs to prove he can win with him. The results so far are a mixed bag so let’s see what happens.

  8. We could have our second medical malpractice issue come up for the second time this week if Jones plays. If he indeed has a severe high ankle sprain as reported, there is no legitimate way for him to play this weekend and probably not the next few weeks as well.

  9. I hope he sits long enough for it to heal. Playing too soon will make it chronic for the rest of his career

  10. I can still hear him screaming, and he says he’s going to play?! Somebody needs to check him for a concussion

  11. I live in California, but have been a Packers fan for many years. I hope Jones plays if he is their better option. I expect the Patriots to play a smart well coached game, but chances of upsetting the Packers in this game are slim. The Packers may be out coached in this game, but the superior squad, the Packers, will dominate.

  12. eagleswin says:
    September 30, 2022 at 11:38 am
    We could have our second medical malpractice issue come up for the second time this week if Jones plays. If he indeed has a severe high ankle sprain as reported, there is no legitimate way for him to play this weekend and probably not the next few weeks as well.


    He’s not playing.

  13. Please Mac don’t play. We really need to win this game Sunday and your 4 or 5 usual INT will be very counterproductive in that regard.

  14. GoodellMustGo says:
    September 30, 2022 at 11:36 am
    Coach Belichick does have a lot to prove as a head coach.

    For 2 decades he benefited from a cheating QB who also got to pad his stats against the worst division in professional sports over that time.

    Now he has to coach up a legit QB who won’t cheat. He needs to prove he can win with him. The results so far are a mixed bag so let’s see what happens

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    The thing is that between the two of them, BB is the only once actually punished for cheating

  15. nhpats2011 says:
    September 30, 2022 at 11:26 am
    From what we have see from Mac I am more comfortable going with – Zappe
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    I guess you didn’t watch the preseason.

    The NFL is just a little bit different than getting to beat up on scrubs in Conference USA.

  16. ottosdad2012 says:
    September 30, 2022 at 11:20 am
    Mac is pretty darn tough. Some in Boston media were mocking the kid for how he looked when he got hurt but this kid has played through some big hits!

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    He is. But with that said he better not get too comfortable being out of action or not making too much of an effort to come back. The Patriots don’t play those games. Ask Jimmy G about that.

  17. goodellisaclown says:
    Just a couple of days ago Belichick took it on the chin from the Boston media (per usual) because of his “taking it day by day” answers to their repetitive questions. Heck, they Now, 48 hours later, what do you know? Mac Jones might be able to go this weekend and suddenly it looks like Bill and Mac were justified in their answers and not willing to say he’d be out for “x” amount of time.
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    Bill Belichick is bending the truth one way or the other.
    Just a few days ago Mac Jones had a “severe” high-ankle sprain. Any high-ankle sprain is bad news, let alone a “severe” one. Medical science says if Jones truly suffered one he should be out for a couple weeks minimum, yet mere days later he’s “day-to-day?”
    Belichick was either fibbing when he claimed Jones suffered a “severe” high-ankle sprain, or he’s lying when he says Jones might play Sunday. My money is on the latter. Just another of Chessboard Bill’s predictable, lame and transparent attempts to fool an opponent into preparing for a guy that isn’t going to play.
    I doubt the Packers are fooled, but I imagine they’d be happy to see Matt Patricia’s juggernaut offense trot out a noodle-armed QB with a bad wheel.

  18. I guess none us knows how the ankle feels except Mac… but to me this offense could be run like Tennessee last year. 60% run, throw to keep them honest. The o-line and two-headed RB duo both seem strong. Parker emerging as a legit deep threat seems like it would prevent loading the box, with the right play calling. No sense in putting Mac in there if he can’t avoid pressure and risks further injury.

  19. It doesn’t matter who starts because BB can win with any quarterback, as his 17-18 post- Brady record clearly demonstrates.

    Coaching can be hard when you don’t have the greatest QB of all-time to cover for your mistakes.

    Here’s a fun stat; Brady WON more playoff games (4) in his first season without BB than BB has even APPEARED in (3) as a head coach without Brady. Let that sink in.

  20. A ” severe high ankle sprain” will become a chronic issue for Jones if he thinks that he is going to play on Sunday. Bad idea…it will never heal. He should just have the surgery.

  21. Brady WON more playoff games (4) in his first season without BB than BB has even APPEARED in (3) as a head coach without Brady.
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    2019 Bucs offense – 3rd
    2019 Bucs defense – 29th

    2020 Bucs offense – 3rd
    2020 Bucs defense – 8th

  22. 2019 Bucs offense – 3rd
    2019 Bucs defense – 29th

    2020 Bucs offense – 3rd
    2020 Bucs defense – 8th
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    Throwing 21 less interceptions to keep the D well rested had nothing to do with it either.

  23. bradyownsyou says:
    September 30, 2022 at 1:26 pm
    It doesn’t matter who starts because BB can win with any quarterback, as his 17-18 post- Brady record clearly demonstrates.

    Coaching can be hard when you don’t have the greatest QB of all-time to cover for your mistakes.

    Here’s a fun stat; Brady WON more playoff games (4) in his first season without BB than BB has even APPEARED in (3) as a head coach without Brady. Let that sink in.

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    Here’s another fun stat:

    BBs D undressed weak Tom Brady last year on national tv and Mac Jones outplayed Brady as a rookie QB.

    That’s all I needed to see. There’s also a pandemic, too, even if people claim there isn’t.

    One last fun stat: BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady after no one else wanted Tom Brady in 2000.

    You were probably in diapers In 2000. The rest of us know real history and don’t try to change it or create an alternate reality to promote some creepy agenda.

  24. Handpicked destination, bringing his dreamteamers with him, and he only scored 34 points more than the other guy.

    Meanwhile, teh D gave up nearly a touchdown less per game.

    But, yeah, it was all Brady.

  25. BBs D undressed weak Tom Brady last year on national tv and Mac Jones outplayed Brady as a rookie QB.
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    Or how about this fun fact:

    Brian Hoyer has a higher lifetime passer rating vs BB’s defense than Tom Brady has. So does Tim Tebow. Yikes! 💀

  26. But, yeah, it was all Brady.
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    It is all Brady….

    (But only if he wins. Shhh we’re not supposed to say that part out loud 😂)

  27. One last fun stat: BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady after no one else wanted Tom Brady in 2000
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    Belichick didn’t even want him.

    He passed him over in the Draft 6 times.

  28. Brian Hoyer has a higher lifetime passer rating vs BB’s defense than Tom Brady has. So does Tim Tebow.
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    I’m still grateful Belichick and Tebow never paired up.

    It would have been like Paul Brown and Otto Graham.

  29. It’s over Tommy. It’s over! says:
    September 30, 2022 at 5:44 pm
    One last fun stat: BB drafted, developed and promoted Brady after no one else wanted Tom Brady in 2000
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    Belichick didn’t even want him.

    He passed him over in the Draft 6 times.

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    If he didn’t want him, why did he send Dick Rhebein to work out only Tim Rattay and Tom Brady?

    You alternate reality world people are clinically insane.

    BB also could have gone back to Bledsoe which is what the vast majority of people wanted before the run to the Super Bowl, and he still stayed the course while taking heat for it.

    Like I said, if you people were in diapers in 2000, you may want to leave the accurate history and the talk up to the big boys who known the actual facts and don’t have selective amnesia.

  30. You alternate reality world people are clinically insane.
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    Belichick didn’t pass on Brady 6x ?

    Whatever, glass house.

  31. It’s over Tommy. It’s over! says:
    September 30, 2022 at 6:07 pm
    You alternate reality world people are clinically insane.
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    Belichick didn’t pass on Brady 6x ?

    Whatever, glass house.

    10Rate This

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    Apparently the people with the IQ issues think it makes sense to imply that BB should have randomly reached into the 1st, 2nd or 3rd rd when drafting Brady.

    I also know who these kinds of people voted for simply based on their analysis of the lowly 6th rd pick analsysis from 20 years ago.

    Our society’s collective IQ has dropped a lot in the last 20 years.

  32. There is no debate, everyone who actually knows anything about football knows Brady made bb who is nothing but a disgraced cheater and loser without him, not to mention a terrible GM.

    Boston fans are ungrateful spoiled brats who never deserved Brady and do deserve the constant losing the irrelevant last place patriots face for the next couple decades.

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