MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones suffered a back injury in Sunday’s 20-7 season-opener loss to the Miami Dolphins and required a post-game X-ray.
The team canceled its scheduled press conference, though he will meet with the media practically Monday, the Patriots said.
Jones finished 21 of 30 for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was sacked twice and scored a big hit on a blindside blitz in the second quarter, during which he fumbled the ball and the Dolphins returned it for a touchdown.
After the game, Jones went to the x-ray room under his own steam, flanked by Patriots security personnel.
He spent about five minutes in the room before heading back to the team’s dressing room. Shortly thereafter, a Patriots media representative announced that Jones would not be holding his press conference and revealed that he had a back injury.
Jones, who is joined by veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe, played the entire game.
Coach Bill Belichick said he didn’t know if Jones was injured because he wasn’t in the training room. Asked about Jones’ performance, he said: “There weren’t many incomplete passes.”
The Patriots visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 18th.
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34573561/new-england-patriots-mac-jones-not-made-available-media-suffering-back-injury-loss-miami-dolphins New England Patriots’ Mac Jones not made available to media after suffering back injury in loss to Miami Dolphins