Mac Jones was unable to suit up for the Patriots' Week 4 matchup with the Packers on Sunday. Now his backup, Brian Hoyer, is also sidelined. Just seven throws into his first 2022 start as Jones' replacement, the 36-year-old quarterback was forced out of action in the first quarter of Sunday's game after absorbing a big hit on a sack from Green Bay pass rusher Rashan Gary. After a brief visit to the medical tent on the sidelines, Hoyer departed for the locker room to be evaluated for a head injury, leaving rookie third-stringer Bailey Zappe as the Patriots' last active QB.
Hoyer, on his third stint with the team, had been under steady pressure before Gary's third-down sack left him hobbled. Minutes after the Patriots announced he'd suffered a potential head injury, the team ruled him out for the remainder of the contest. Zappe, 23, took over with New England up 3-0, and no other official QBs available on the roster.
Pick Six Newsletter
Crafted By The Best NFL Experts
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Zappe saw extensive work in the 2022 preseason, when he struggled along with Jones as the Patriots implemented a new system for play-calling after losing longtime coordinator Josh McDaniels. The Western Kentucky product was a fourth-round draft pick of the team this year. He spent his first four college seasons at Houston Baptist before transferring and breaking out with a record 5,967 passing yards and 61 touchdowns in his first and only year with the Hilltoppers.
Jones, meanwhile, had previously been ruled out while battling a high-ankle sprain. The second-year starter also had X-rays for a back injury earlier this year.