Mac Jones was unable to play in the Patriots’ Week 4 clash against the Packers on Sunday. Brian Hoyer, his backup quarterback, is now also out. Only seven throws into his first 2022 start as Jones’ replacement, the 36-year-old quarterback was taken out of the game in the first quarter on Sunday after taking a huge hit on a sack from Green Bay pass rusher Rashan Gary. After a quick visit to the sideline medical tent, Hoyer left for the locker room to be assessed for a head injury, leaving rookie third-stringer Bailey Zappe as the Patriots’ last active quarterback.
Hoyer, in his third stay with the franchise, had been under constant scrutiny before Gary’s third-down sack rendered him helpless. The Patriots declared him out for the rest of the game minutes after announcing he’d sustained a suspected head injury. With New England up 3-0 and no other official quarterbacks on the roster, Zappe, 23, took over.
Zappe saw substantial preseason action in 2022, when he battled with Jones as the Patriots implemented a new play-calling system after losing longtime coordinator Josh McDaniels. This year, the team drafted the Western Kentucky product in the fourth round. He played his first four collegiate seasons at Houston Baptist before transferring and setting a school record with 5,967 passing yards and 61 touchdowns in his single year with the Hilltoppers.
Jones, on the other hand, had earlier been ruled out due to a high-ankle sprain. Earlier this year, the second-year starter received X-rays for a back ailment.