Friday update: Jones got in limited practice sessions in all week and is listed as questionable. He is likely considered a game-day decision and knowing Belichick, we might not know until the QB lines up behind center. But, hopefully we’ll get some warning.
Thursday update: Jones was again listed as limited on the injury report. That doesn’t tell us much, but beat reporters continue to say Jones looks better each day. He could end up being a game-day decision this week.
Wednesday update: Jones was officially limited on Wednesday. He’s been limited the last couple weeks, so this designation isn’t all that helpful at this point.
New England Patriots QB Mac Jones has missed the last two weeks with a high ankle sprain that he sustained in the Pats’ Week 3 game against the Baltimore Ravens. He participated in practice on Wednesday ahead of the matchup against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, but he’s clearly still limited. There has been improvement from last week. However, third-string rookie Bailey Zappe has played well and could start again this weekend while Jones gets closer to 100%
Mac Jones was definitely moving better today than he was last week. Progress there.— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 12, 2022
But Bailey Zappe worked with the O-line during an early sled drill, which usually is the starting QB’s responsibility. pic.twitter.com/mWvuVGrufg
Fantasy football implications
With backup Brian Hoyer on I.R. and in concussion protocol after a suffering a head injury in Week 4, Zappe has been taking snaps for the Patriots. His completion percentage has been impressive, going 10-for-15 and 17-for-21 in back-to-back weeks.
If that productivity continues against the Browns, a recently-healthy Jakobi Meyers should be a major target for Zappe. Devante Parker and TE Hunter Henry should also expect to put up good receiving yards on Sunday.