Mac Jones reportedly has 'pretty severe' high ankle sprain, may need surgery

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The Patriots will likely need to prepare for life without Mac Jones for a while.

NFL Media's Tom Pelissero reported Monday that tests confirmed Jones suffered a "pretty severe" high ankle sprain during Sunday's loss to the Ravens. Though his timeline for returning is unknown at this time, Pelissero suggested it was "hard to imagine" he could play against the Green Bay Packers in Week 4.

Mike Giardi of NFL Media added, via a team source, that Jones might not avoid surgery, especially if it's known surgery could expedite his return to the field. "Mac will do what it takes to get back, we know that," Giardi relayed through the source.

The reason for surgery: a "pretty severe" ankle sprain means some of Jones' ligaments are torn, which, not unlike a partially torn ligament in the knee, can sometimes heal on its own though it might also be more quickly repaired surgically.

Jones was taken to the ground on his last pass attempt of the day -- an interception over the middle to seal the loss -- and had Ravens defensive lineman Calais Campbell land on his ankle. The quarterback limped off the field in extreme pain and had to be helped to the Patriots locker room.

Without him in the fold, the Patriots will likely turn to Brian Hoyer as the first option to keep the team afloat in Jones' absence. There's an outside chance rookie Bailey Zappe could play if Hoyer struggles.