Patriots

Mac Jones returns to practice as he reportedly might be a game-time decision vs. Packers

Jones reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain against the Ravens.

Mac Jones practiced on Friday. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

The Patriots welcomed back an important player to practice on Friday.

Mac Jones practiced for the first time since reportedly suffering a high-ankle sprain in the Week 3 loss to the Ravens. It won’t be known until later how much of a participant the team’s starting quarterback was at Friday’s practice.

Despite the prognosis, reporters have suggested that there’s a chance Jones could play on Sunday against the Packers. Jones was telling teammates not to count him out from playing and was taking part in the game-planning for Sunday’s game, the NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reported Thursday. Jones might even be a game-time decision for Sunday, though Brian Hoyer is still expected to start, the Boston Herald‘s Karen Guregian reported Friday.

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Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday what would have to happen in order for Jones to start.

“Ultimately that’ll be a decision made by the medical people, in consultation with Mac, of course,” Belichick said.

Belichick added that Jones is “fine” and acknowledged a bit more specifics on Jones’s ankle injury for the first time.

“It’s not a broken bone, it’s not a fracture, you’re dealing with,” he said. “It’s a different injury.”

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