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Report: Bailey Zappe to start Week 5 vs. Lions, Mac Jones doubtful

We break down the news that Mac Jones has an ankle injury. What it means for Week 5 and beyond.

Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots throws while warming up during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on September 25, 2022 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Friday PM Update: Jones is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game.

Friday update: Bailey Zappe will start this week, per Jordan Schultz.

Thursday PM update: Jones was again limited on the injury report. Until he can run, he’s going to have trouble playing.

Thursday update: Mac Jones was once again limping around practice on Thursday, per Andrew Callahan. He’ll probably get in another very limited practice. Plan on Brian Zappe or an extremely immobile Jones to start this week, as Hoyer was once again not practicing.

Wednesday late update: Mac Jones was listed as limited on the injury report for Wednesday. With Jones limping at practice, this limited report for Wednesday isn’t as promising at it sounds.

The New England Patriots are extremely thin at quarterback going into their Week 5 game against the Lions. Starter Mac Jones continues to deal with an ankle injury, but he was at practice on Wednesday, per Phil Perry.

Other reports have Jones limping noticeably and not moving around much, but last week he was barely tossing the ball at the one practice he was at, but was listed as not practicing.

The odds still seem long for him to be able to go this week, but we’ll see if he can ramp up his participation. If not, Brian Hoyer, who missed practice with a concussion and the Bailey Zappe are next in line, while the team also just brought in Garrett Gilbert due to all the question marks at the position.

Fantasy football implications

If Jones can play, he should help the Patriots offensive players the most, but if he can’t, and Hoyer remains in concussion protocol. Bailey Zappe will again be given a shot like he had against the Packers last week.