New England Patriots QB Mac Jones feeling better, hopeful to face Pittsburgh Steelers

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones said Monday that additional tests on his back went well and that he hopes to play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.

“I’m definitely feeling better and I want to be ready to play Pittsburgh,” Jones said. “My back hurt. We tried to find out what the problem was. They did all the tests and everything was fine.”

A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Jones had back spasms after Sunday’s season-opener loss to the Miami Dolphins. Sources say Jones felt noticeably better after his return to Massachusetts Sunday night and then Monday morning than he did immediately after the 20-7 loss in Miami.

Speaking of injuries in general, Belichick said Monday morning: “I know everyone is hungry for an up-to-the-second update, but the best way to deal with these situations is always to take a little time, see what’s happening, and any run tests or analysis, and then go from there.”

After Sunday’s game, in which Jones finished 21 of 30 for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception, the quarterback was seen walking under his own power to the x-ray room, which was flanked by 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, adding that he had a back injury.

Jones said Monday he believes the injury occurred in a fourth-quarter game where Miami was flagged for passer roughness.

“I just kept playing and trying to work through it,” Jones said. “It’s football – you’re going to get hit. I’ve been hit harder and will probably be hit even harder in the future. Everything is good.”

Jones said of his back: “I’ve had no problems with it before and don’t expect any problems now. All is well.”

Jones, who is joined by veteran Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe, played the entire game.

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. He also absorbed a crushing blow from two Dolphins defenders – one towards his torso, one near his legs – in the fourth-quarter game that drew the passer penalty. New England Patriots QB Mac Jones feeling better, hopeful to face Pittsburgh Steelers

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