New England Patriots disqualify QB Mac Jones. Brian Hoyer is getting started

New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones He was excluded from Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers due to a left ankle injury.

Jones was disqualified after his surprise return to the training ground on Friday. His injured ankle was tightly wrapped as he moved very cautiously during the short portion of the open-to-media exercise, and it is officially listed as not being exercised by the Patriots.

Veteran Backup Brian Hoyer He was appointed by coach Bill Belichick as the starting player against Green Bay if Jones could not play.

Ahead of the exercise, Belichick said the Patriots are still on hold regarding Jones’ availability.

“Ultimately, this will be a decision that the doctors make in consultation with Mac of course,” Belichick said. “He’s no different than any other player. I mean he is, but I would say the process is the same. Medical evaluation, talk to the player, and as a coach you get any time the information you get and you make a decision, if there’s a decision to be made.”

Jones, in his sophomore year with New England, was injured when he hit Baltimore Calais Campbell He fell on his ankle late in the Patriots’ 37-26 loss to the Ravens last week.

Hoyer lost his last 11 NFL starts and is 16-23 for a start. Their last start into 2020 came for New England in their loss in Kansas City. He went up that day for Cam Newton, who is out with COVID-19.

Packers coach Matt LaFleur said earlier in the week that they are ready for anyone who takes the field for the Patriots at the quarterback.

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“You just have to do the best job you can,” LaFleur said. “It doesn’t matter.” “Brian Hoyer is a man I respect a lot… He’s been doing this for a really long time, and he’s going to get to know their system inside and out.”

Rising midfielder in the third series Billy Zappy He is expected to be active for the first time this season in support of Hoyer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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