Mac Jones returns to practice Wednesday; will reach ORT on Sunday

Patriots QB Mac Jones is questionable to play Sunday against the Steelers, but is progressing through his recovery well. The expectation is that he will suit up.

Jones met with medical staff after the game due to pain in his back after New England’s Week 1 loss to Miami. He underwent x-rays and additional imaging that came back clean, and he was diagnosed with back spasms.

The term “back spasms” is used frequently across all sports, but it is rarely explained. Simply put, back spasms are a common type of back pain that can range in severity and occur most often in the lower back. Sometimes these spasms, twinges, or contractions are minor, dull, and persistent, while other times they are sudden, aggressive, and debilitating.

Jones completed 21 of 30 passes for 213 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Sunday’s 20-7 loss to Miami. (CBS)

Generally, back spasms rise from overuse or an injury. Football – and most sports in general – is a breeding ground for back spasms because of the frequent lifting, standing, squatting, bending, and trauma to the area.

Jones appeared at practice today, which is a good sign that he will play this week, however there hasn’t been an indication on if he was limited or not. Our algorithm predicts he is still five days out from Optimal Recovery, meaning we expect him to be good to go on Sunday. His numbers will likely improve heading into the weekend, but for now his Injury Risk is Elevated (13%) and his Health Performance Factor is Below Average (62%).

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