Patriots QB Mac Jones (ankle) is out for Sunday’s game against Packers

The uncertainty over the status of Patriots quarterback Mac Jones ahead of Sunday’s away game against the Green Bay Packers is over.

Though the Patriots made progress throughout the week, they ruled out Jones (ankle) for Sunday’s game in Green Bay on Friday. He won’t play.

New England also ruled out defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (shoulder), swing tackle Yodny Cajuste (thumb) and listed seven other players as questionable: WR Jakobi Meyers (knee), S Kyle Dugger (knee), DL Dazu Godchaux (back), CB Jalen Mills (hamstring), S Adrian Phillips (ribs), LB Raekwon McMillan (thumb) and S Joshuah Bledsoe (groin).

During the brief media portion of Friday practice, Jones was present and mostly throwing from a stationary position. But the Pats QB did not attend practice, according to the team.

In his press conference Friday morning, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick also emphasized that the team is addressing the quarterback’s injury “on a day-to-day basis.”

“I dont know. He does not know. The doctors don’t know. Take it as it comes and see what happens,” Belichick told reporters. “Ultimately that will be a decision made by the medics in consultation with Mac [Jones], Naturally. Just like we do with every player. He’s no different than any other player. I mean it is, but I’m just saying the process is the same.”

Earlier this week, Belichick confirmed that veteran backup Brian Hoyer would start for the Patriots if Jones was unable to play. As we detailed in our game preview, the Pats should lean on running back duo Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. The tandem and Pats offensive line produced the highest-ranked Rush DVOA offensive line in the NFL in three games. Going into Lambeau Field and beating reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers with a backup quarterback is a tall order, but the Patriots’ quick attack gives them hope.

Aside from playing without Jones, the Patriots will have to slow down Green Bay’s seventh rushing attack in DVOA without veteran run-stopper Lawrence Guy.

Based on how the team has defended off-zone schemes in the past, a more aggressive gap-shooting strategy could be the approach to prevent longer game designs from developing. If that’s the case, Deatrich Wise and Christian Barmore as penetrating defensive ends on either side of nose tackle Vom Godchaux could be the answer, or Godchaux could go to the outside while Carl Davis positions himself over center to set a stronger edge .

Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (knee) and safety Kyle Dugger (knee) are also questionable after missing the Ravens game. Meyers indicated he’s developing in the right direction and hopes to play, while Dugger has also been restricted all week, having sat out all three sessions before last week’s loss.

Though the Patriots could do without their starting quarterback, Hoyer should have a full arsenal of guns around this week.

The Patriots will travel to Green Bay on Saturday ahead of Sunday afternoon’s matchup against the Packers at 4:25 p.m. ET.

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