New England McJones has a back injury

MIAMI GARDENS, FL. (AP) – Mac Jones He quickly moved down the hall outside the New England locker room a few minutes after Sunday’s game, still in half his uniform and surrounded by security personnel.

Destination: X-ray room.

In this way, a bad day may have turned out to be much worse for the Patriots.

Jones hurt his back in Sunday’s 20-7 season opener loss to the Miami Dolphins, a game he played from start to finish, completing 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He was also expelled twice, one of whom had a Miami score.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was asked after the game if Jones was injured.

“I wasn’t in the training room,” he said in a low voice.

Not long after that, the Patriots announced that Jones would not be available for a post-match press conference due to a back injury. No other details were provided. Belichick is scheduled to speak with reporters again on Monday, when the topic will inevitably be raised.

It was a disconcerting day for the Patriots. The seven points represented the second lowest in 23 opening games under Belichick, and the 17-point delay – it was 17-0 in the inning – was the second most in the start of Belichick’s era.

Above all, there’s this: for the second year in a row, the Patriots are 0-1. There has been no consecutive instances of that in New England since 2000 and 2001, Belichick’s first two seasons, although it should be noted that the Patriots did win the Super Bowl in the 2001 season.

“Look, the Super Bowl isn’t decided today, is it?” Patriots Center David Andrews He said. “We have 17-16 more games now. So look, how many years have you been here and see a team that goes 8-0, 6-0, and then doesn’t play in the playoffs? We try to get better every week. We’ll learn from that. I thought. It was a great learning experience, just a great defense. I think we all know that.”

The Patriots came to South Florida four days earlier than usual to acclimatize to the summer weather conditions, training in Palm Beach County because there was no way to simulate the temperatures of the 90s with so much humidity.

And in the first few minutes on Sunday, that plan seemed to have paid off.

New England grabbed the ball to open the game and was going: 53 yards in eight games, a lot of that came against little resistance, until Jones hauled the ball toward the front pylon on the right side of the end zone.

Devante Parkerthe former Miami wide receiver who made his Patriots debut, was engaged in what could best be described as hand-to-hand combat with Dolphins Cornerback. Xavian Howard Where both were jostling for a shot at the ball. Howard swung his left arm skyward, hitting the ball away, and Miami’s arm Jevon Holland Caught it for intercepting it. Jones wanted to make a pass-through call; Nothing came of it, and the collective mood of New England did not improve for the next three hours.

They have now dropped four in a row to the dolphins.

“You want to win, man,” the defensive Patriots appeared Devin McCurty He said. “I think you understand how this league works. It’s the outcome of my league, win or lose. … I don’t think this team is going to say, ‘Hey, we’re destined to go from 0 to 17.’ We have some good players. We had good plays today. But in this league, you have to change that quickly, keep going, play better and win next week.”

First, though, they’ll be waiting to see who they have under position next week.

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