Mac Jones, hobbled by a serious ankle injury suffered against the Baltimore Ravens last weekend, returned to practice on Friday.
ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that Jones was at the start of practice, but for the time when reporters were allowed to watch, he did not move around much on his injured left ankle. He just stood in place and threw the ball with the team's other quarterbacks.
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Chris Mason of Masslive added that Jones' ankle was taped up.
Karen Gueregian of the Boston Herald wrote on Friday that while it's expected Brian Hoyer will start Sunday in Green Bay, Jones could still be a game-time decision. Jones was reportedly been telling teammates in recent days that he might have a shot to play.
But the speculation was short-lived. The Patriots ruled Jones out of Sunday's game, listing him as a non-participant in the Friday practice.
During his press conference Friday, head coach Bill Belichick answered "We'll see," when asked if Jones would practice, reiterating that Jones would have to be cleared by the medical staff before he'd be able to play.
“He’s no different than any other player,” Belichick said. “I mean, he is, but I’m just saying the process is the same. There’s a medical evaluation, you talk to the player, and as a coach you, at whatever point, get the information that you get and you make a decision if there’s a decision to be made. If there’s no decision to be made medically, then I’m out of it.