Bill Belichick says Brian Hoyer will be Patriots starter if Mac Jones isn’t


“What do I look like, a doctor? An orthopedic surgeon? Belichick said in response to questions about Jones’ status.

New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (5) warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the New York Giants. AP Photo/John Minchillo

Mac Jones will “probably” not practice on Wednesday, head coach Bill Belichick told reporters on Wednesday.

Belichick said if Jones is unable to play, Brian Hoyer will start Sunday’s game against the Packers.

As Jones did on Monday, Belichick stressed the Patriots are assessing Jones’ injury “on a daily basis.” Jones is said to have a high ankle sprain that could keep him out of “multiple games”.

“Day to day. What do I look like, a doctor?” Belichick said in a video posted on Twitter by Brian Hines of Pats Pulpit. “An orthopedic surgeon? I do not know. Talk to medical experts.

In response to a follow-up question, a smiling Belichick said:

“What, you think I read the MRI?” It’s not my job.

Jones left in the final two minutes of last Sunday’s loss to Baltimore after being hit by Calais Campbell on a pitch that was intercepted. He has two passing touchdowns and five interceptions this season. He scored his first career rushing touchdown earlier in the Ravens game.

Hoyer, who started for seven different NFL teams, has the longest active losing streak among NFL quarterbacks.

The Patriots will face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Field.


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