The New England Patriots are banged up ahead of this Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions, but Thursday offered some good news on the injury front.
Quarterback Mac Jones was a limited participant in practice for the second day in a row. Jones still is dealing with the high ankle sprain he suffered in Week 3 and reportedly hopes to play this weekend, but he likely won’t be able to do so.
Jonnu Smith also practiced Thursday after being a non-participant Wednesday. The veteran tight end reportedly is “week-to-week” after suffering a low ankle sprain last Sunday, but his return to practice indicates his injury might not be as severe as previously feared.
Brian Hoyer missed his second consecutive practice due to a concussion. If Hoyer can’t play Sunday, rookie Bailey Zappe likely will start at quarterback for the Patriots.
DID NOT PARTICIPATE
DL Lawrence Guy – Shoulder
QB Brian Hoyer – Concussion
DL DaMarcus Mitchell – Concussion
S Kyle Dugger – Knee
QB Mac Jones – Ankle
LB Raekwon McMillan – Thumb
WR Jakobi Meyers – Knee
CB Jalen Mills – Hamstring
S Adrian Phillips – Ribs
OT Isaiah Wynn – Hip
TE Jonnu Smith – Ankle
The Lions on Thursday had six players listed as non-participants, including running back D’Andre Swift and receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. Star tight end T.J. Hockenson was limited due to a hip injury.