On Sunday, the Patriots lost to the Ravens 37–26, and quarterback Mac Jones might have been lost as well.
The Patriots were down by 11 points with 1:44 left in the fourth quarter when Jones dropped back and threw a long pass to Kendrick Bourne. Marcus Peters intercepted the pass, but Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell caused harm by landing forcefully on Jones’ left leg.
“I think I was just trying to get pressure on [Jones], hit him, make him uncomfortable and make him throw an interception,” Cambell said. “And I think that was just a good football play. I hate to see him get hurt. That’s the worst part of this game. You never want to see guys get hurt. I hope he’s OK.”
Jones sprang to his feet and hopped to the sideline. According to Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal, as he left the field, he could be heard “screaming in anguish.” He was assisted off the field without bearing any weight on the injured leg.
After the game, Bill Belichick, the coach of the Patriots, informed reporters that he had no information on Jones and that he had not witnessed the play. Jones did not address the media after the game, although it is said that he will do so on Monday.
Similar to Devin McCourty, who was questioned numerous times regarding Jones, he repeatedly said he was awaiting the quarterback’s evaluation.
“You ask level of concern — I have no idea because I know if he has something he can go and play with, he’s going to play with it,” McCourty said. “We’ll have to see what it is and go from there as a team. I think we’ll continue to rally around him. I think we’ve always talked about it my whole time here, it’s always the next-man-up mentality if it comes to that. We’ll wait and see what Monday and Tuesday look like. We’ll get ready to go Wednesday for next week.”
After absorbing a significant hit in the Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, Jones also sustained a back injury that necessitated X-rays. In Week 2, he made a comeback and participated, helping the Patriots defeat the Steelers.
In the loss that dropped the Patriots to 1-2 on Sunday, Jones completed 22 of his 32 throws for 321 yards, but he also threw three interceptions.