Source — New England Patriots’ Mac Jones set for MRI; initial belief is that QB has high ankle sprain

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones is said to have suffered a severe ankle sprain in the closing stages of Sunday’s 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The sophomore quarterback will have an MRI on Monday to confirm the diagnosis and determine its severity, the source said.

Jones had jumped off the field without putting any weight on his left leg and went straight to the dressing room. Initial tests indicated the injury would not end his season, according to a source.

In his post-game press conference, coach Bill Belichick said he had no news on Jones’ condition. Jones was not made available for his post-game press conference but is scheduled to address reporters on Monday.

The injury came on Jones’ last pass attempt of the day, an interception late in the fourth quarter when he was hit by Ravens defender Calais Campbell and immediately grabbed his left ankle.

The 6ft 8, 307lb Campbell left his feet when he hit Jones and then landed on top of him. Jones’ left leg buckled and Campbell landed on the bottom of it.

Jones grabbed his left ankle, stood up, and hopped to the Patriots touchline. While injured players typically enter the pick-up tent on the sidelines, Jones went straight to the dressing room instead.

Campbell explained what he saw in the play.

“The game is at stake, fourth quarter. They made a few plays to kind of move the ball and it’s just a pass rush mentality all over the court,” Campbell said. “I think I was just trying to pressure him, hit him, make him uncomfortable and get him to throw an interception. And I think that was just a good football game. I hate seeing him get hurt. That’s the worst thing about this game. You never want to see boys get hurt. I hope he’s fine.”

Jones finished 22 of 32 for 302 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. He added five rushes for 31 yards and a touchdown.

The Patriots (1-2) visit the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

“I know if he’s got something to play with, he’ll play with it,” said longtime safety and captain Devin McCourty. “We have to see what it is and move on from there as a team. We will continue to gather around him.”

Linebacker Matthew Judon added: “We don’t know what happened, we’ll see in the coming days. But I’m going with you [No.] 10. I hope he’s okay.”

Veteran Brian Hoyer is the Patriots’ top backup, with rookie Bailey Zappe the No. 3 option.

Center David Andrews, one of the team’s captains, was asked how much confidence the Patriots have in Hoyer when he comes out on the field.

“Tones. Brian’s been here a long time,” Andrews said. “I have a lot of respect for how he comes in and works every day and prepares for how he’s going to play.”

ESPN’s Jamison Hensley contributed to this report.

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