Mac Jones Dealing With "Pretty Severe" High Ankle Sprain
NFL Week 3 - The New England Patriots may be without their starting quarterback for an extended period. As first reported by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, second-year quarterback Mac Janes suffered a "pretty severe" high ankle sprain during Sunday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
While Pelissero initially reported that "the hope is Jones won't need surgery," NFL Network's Mike Giardi reported that a team source said they would be surprised if Jones avoids surgery, if only because it could speed up the healing process.
Sports doctor and Boston Sports Journal contributor Dr. Jessica Flynn added that Jones was at the University of Alabama when the school's football program adopted "tightrope surgery" as a means to repair high ankle sprains. The process, a relatively new innovation that stabilizes an ankle via high-strength sutures, was used to expedite high-ankle sprain recoveries for both Tua Tagolvailoa and Jalen Hurts during their time at Alabama.
Jones, who finished his rookie campaign as the best among the five 2021 first-round selections by DVOA and DYAR, took a slight step back early in 2022 amidst offensive schematic changes. Through his first two weeks, Jones finished 15th in DYAR (57) and 14th in DVOA (2.4%) among current starting quarterbacks. His QBR of 32.0, however, ranked 26th over that span.