PLANTATION, Fla. — Patriots quarterback Mac Jones confirmed Monday that the scans of his back did not reveal significant cause for concern after he sustained an injury Sunday during the team’s season-opening loss to Miami.
“My back hurt,” Jones said. “We were just trying to figure out what the issue was. They did all the tests and everything was fine. That’s pretty much it.”
Jones said he previously has not experienced issues with his back but felt pain after Sunday’s 20-7 loss, so he, along with multiple medical staffers, visited the X-ray room at Hard Rock Stadium for testing. The results came back negative.
After Jones traveled with the team back to Massachusetts, he underwent additional testing. According to Jones, those results also came back negative.
Jones said he will be ready to practice Wednesday, with hopes of starting Week 2 in Pittsburgh. The Patriots will release an injury report Wednesday through Friday detailing each player’s level of participation during practice. Jones expects to go through his “normal routine” this week.
“I definitely feel better,” he said. “I want to be able to play against Pittsburgh.”
Jones believes he sustained the injury early in the fourth quarter when Dolphins safety Jevon Holland drew a flag for roughing the passer after a late, high hit. Jones landed hard on his back, but remained in the game. He played all 57 of the offense’s snaps, throwing for 213 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.
“It’s football,” Jones said. “You’re going to get it. I’ve been hit harder before and will probably get hit harder in the future. It’s part of the game. It’s all good.”
After the game, Jones did not speak to the media, citing his health as a priority.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick did not provide an update on Jones Sunday evening or Monday morning. He preached the importance of patience in these situations.
“Where players are immediately after the game and where they are, let’s call it, 18 hours after the game, are often quite different,” Belichick said Monday. “I know everybody’s hungry for an up-to-the-second update, but, honestly, the best way to handle these situations is to give a little time, see what happens, run whatever tests and analysis that need to run, and go from there. That’s what we always do. That’s what we’re going to do in this case.”
If Jones is unable to suit up Sunday, veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer will likely get the start. Hoyer served as Jones’s backup in Week 1, while rookie Bailey Zappe was among the team’s inactive players.
Both Jones and the team, however, sound optimistic about his status.
“Mac has displayed, over the course of his young career, not only a great deal of physical toughness, but mental toughness as well,” said captain Matthew Slater. “You love to see that out of your quarterback. We feel like we have one of the toughest guys in the league.
“He’s going to stand in there and he’s going to compete — no matter the circumstances, no matter his physical condition. I think a lot of it boils down to the mental toughness he possesses. You always appreciate that from your franchise player. You always appreciate when he’s willing to stand in there and fight, regardless of the circumstances.”