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Patriots-Packers Injury Report: Mac Jones Status; Who Missed Practice?

The New England Patriots list of non-participants includes a starting defensive lineman, while a pair of prominent defensive backs remain limited.

FOXBORO — The first official injury and practice participation report for Week 4 provided some questions and a sobering dose of reality for the New England Patriots.

Although the Patriots had relatively strong attendance at Wednesday’s practice, several key participants were limited, along with two notable absences, as they prepare to take on the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Oct. 2 at Lambeau Field

Here is Wednesday afternoon’s full report, along with its implications for this Week 4 matchup:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

QB Mac Jones - Ankle

DL Lawrence Guy - Shoulder

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

S Joshuah Bledsoe - Groin

OL Yodny Cajuste - Thumb

S Kyle Dugger - Knee

DL Davon Godchaux - Back

LB Raekwon McMillan - Thumb

WR Jakobi Meyers, Knee

CB Jalen Mills, Hamstring

S Adrian Phillips - Ribs

What it means for the Patriots:

As expected, Jones was not spotted for the media portion of Wednesday’s practice, leaving incumbent backup Brian Hoyer and rookie Bailey Zappe as the only two quarterbacks on the field. While an official announcement has yet to be made, the veteran backup now seems primed to temporarily take the reins as the Pats starter. While the 36-year-old’s best days on the field may be behind him, he has enough knowledge and experience to effectively run the Patriots offense, should Jones be sidelined. Having served as Jones’ primary backup for the past two seasons, Hoyer is also well-versed in the Pats’ starting quarterback’s tendencies. Therefore, he would be the logical choice to continue New England’s offensive game plan in Jones’s absence.

Jones was not the only non-participant, as defensive tackle Lawrence Guy continues to deal with a shoulder injury. Guy left the Patriots Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the third quarter and did not return to action. The 32-year-old has been a key cog in New England’s run defense, which has significantly improved from their performance in 2021. Containing Green Bay’s strong running game may prove to be a very difficult task without Guy in the lineup.

In the vein of encouraging news, wide receiver Jakobi Meyers and safety Kyle Dugger were present as limited participants after having missed Sunday’s matchup with the Ravens. Each was spotted during opening drills, as they hopefully look to return to action in Week 4. Jalen Mills, who also missed time against Baltimore with a hamstring injury, remained limited. 

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GREEN BAY PACKERS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

G/T Elgton Jenkins - Knee

T Caleb Jones - Illness

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

CB Jaire Alexander - Groin

T David Bakhtiari - Knee

RB AJ Dillon - Knee

LB Jonathan Garvin - Hip

WR Allen Lazard - Ankle

TE Marcedes Lewis - Groin

WR Christian Watson - Hamstring

What it means for the Packers:

Green Bay’s efforts to protect quarterback Aaron Rodgers may be compromised if the health of offensive tackles David Bahktiari and Elgton Jenkins is in question. Though both were in the lineup in Tampa after missing most of the first two weeks with knee injuries, Bakhtiari was limited, while Jenkins did not participate. With Rodgers having been sacked eight times in three games, New England may attempt to exploit any potential weakness on the line to continue to trend and generate pressure.

Two of Rodgers’ most reliable offensive weapons, wide receiver Allen Lazard and running back A.J. Dillon, were also limited participants. Their respective status for the remainder of the week will be worth monitoring, their lack of ability may force Green Bay’s offense to become more one-dimensional for this upcoming contest.

Lastly, Green Bay’s top cornerback Jaire Alexander was forced to leave the team’s Week 3 showdown with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a groin injury. Alexander has helped Green Bay’s secondary to rank seventh in the league, allowing 189.3 yards per game through the air. If Alexander is unable to suit up, his snaps will be divided among Rasul Douglas and Kelsean Nixon, who will join starter Eric Stokes.

Kickoff between the Patriots and Packers is set for 4:25 p.m. ET. 


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