The New England Patriots suffered a big loss in the game against the Miami Dolphins. Analysts saw this loss coming mostly because the Patriots offense struggled in the preseason. The Patriots lost the preseason finale to the Las Vegas Raiders, too. So, this loss was expected, but it wasn’t the only disaster that happened in Week 1. Dolphins safety Jevon Holland hit Patriots quarterback Mac Jones, giving him nasty back spasms. The NFL made a decision and Holland won’t receive a fine.
NFL players who are flagged for unnecessary roughness and roughing the player usually receive fines. However, Holland is safe for now. Tom Pelissero was among the first to confirm the information.
The hit wasn’t too serious, Mac Jones will play in Week 2
Jones did x-rays and also did MRI. His results came clean and the quarterback won’t miss any time. He will join his teammates in the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. This doesn’t change the fact that Jones could’ve ended on injured reserve. That would have been a real nightmare for the struggling offense. Jones has established strong connections with his teammates. Losing him to an injury would lead the Patriots to a failure. Tom Brady suffered a serious injury after receiving a serious hit from Bernard Pollard in 2008. TB12 got a torn ACL and had to miss the entire season. Let’s just say Jones was luckier than Brady and hopefully, he will stay healthy throughout the season.
Jones and his teammates entered a really important season. They have so much to prove right now. Doubters question their potential, but Bill Belichick is really confident about his guys. He has several injured players on IR, but there’s one bright spot though. Kendrick Bourne didn’t see much action last Sunday, but he may do better this time. This is the best update of the week and Patriots fans have high expectations for him.
The Patriots have one loss on their chart, but this is just the beginning. Let’s see what happens later in the season. It’s too soon to make a prediction.