(WEEI) Patriots quarterback Mac Jones expects to be available to play against the Bears on Monday night, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
Jones has missed the last three games with a left high ankle sprain that he suffered on Sept. 25 against the Ravens. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the following week against Green Bay but was knocked out of the game with an injury of his own.
That opened the door for fourth-round rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, who has played well in his two-and-a-half games. Zappe has won both of his starts and has completed 51 of 70 passes (72.9%) for 596 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 111.4 passer rating.
Jones, meanwhile, had struggled prior to his injury, going 1-2 and completing 64 of 97 passes (66.0%) for 786 yards, two touchdowns, five interceptions and a 76.2 passer rating.
ESPN's new report didn't specify if Jones expects to start, just that he "expects to be available." Coach Bill Belichick has declined to answer whether Jones will immediately get the starting job back when he's ready to return.
Jones has "a final hurdle" to clear in practice, but he he expects to do so, Reiss reported. The Patriots' first practice of the week is Thursday.