Sep 16 late update: Jones has been removed from the injury report and will play as usual in Week 2.
Sep 16 update: Mac Jones returned to practice on Friday. It doesn’t sound like his illness was much more than an upset stomach. He’ll be out there against the Steelers.
Sep 15 update: Mac Jones doesn’t practice on Thursday due to an illness, per Zack Cox. He likely could miss practice on Friday and still play if healthy by Sunday, but this is a situation to monitor.
Sep 14 update: Mac Jones was a full participant at Wednesday’s practice, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones dealt with back spasms in their Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, but all signs have been encouraging for his availability in Week 2. Jones is practicing on Wednesday, per Chad Graff while head coach Bill Belichick said he hoped he’d be able to get in a full practice.
Even if Jones ends up being limited, all signs point to him being available to play in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Fantasy football implications
The Patriots didn’t have their best game in their Week 1 loss to the Dolphins, but they very much need Jones at the helm. Brian Hoyer is okay for short stints, but he’s not someone you want to rely on to keep the offense moving consistently.
Jones completed 21-of-30 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception, while also losing a fumble in Week 1. He’ll need to up his game against a good Steelers defense in Week 2.