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Bill Belichick continues to monitor Patriots QB situation ‘day-to-day’ as Mac Jones reportedly nears return

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Jones has missed the last three games, but looks set to return in Week 7.

Bill Belichick wouldn’t say how he approaches the Patriots’ quarterback situation.

Reports in recent days suggest that Mac Jones is not only returning from a high ankle sprain Monday night, but will also start at quarterback against the Bears.

However, if you ask Patriots coach Bill Belichick, he won’t say what the team’s plan is at quarterback for the Week 7 matchup. He would not say whether a decision had been made at fullback when asked on Friday.

“We’re just taking it one day at a time,” Belichick said with a smile.

A “day-by-day” approach is what Belichick used for much of the time Jones was sidelined with an injury suffered at the end of the Patriots’ third loss to the Ravens.

After not practicing in the first week following the injury, Jones practiced in each of the next two weeks, although he was limited and did not play in subsequent games.

Jones looked his best during Thursday’s media portion of practice since suffering the injury, appearing to be more mobile than the previous two weeks.

Belichick said he was encouraged by Jones’ improved appearance on the practice field.

“It’s good to have all the players that are out there,” Belichick said. “Some work harder than others. We’ll see how it goes.”

Belichick also shared that Jones seemed to look better than last week, noting the different schedule the team is running in Week 7 due to Monday’s game.

“Yesterday was Wednesday, in my world,” Belichick said with a smile. “Yesterday he did more than the previous Wednesday. Yes, that would be fair. That. Today is actually Thursday.”

As Jones’ health appears to be improving, the question is whether he should resume his role as the Patriots’ starting quarterback when he returns. Fourth-round pick Bailey Zappa has performed well in Jones’ absence.

After giving New England a steady hand when he replaced Brian Hoyer in a Week 4 overtime loss to Green Bay, Zappe won his first two career NFL starts. Through three games, Zappe has completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 596 yards, four touchdowns and an interception with a passer rating of 111.4, the best of any running back who has thrown at least 70 passes this season.

While he wouldn’t say who will be the quarterback on Monday, Belichick said he’s “kind of glad” to have the extra time to prepare for the 2-4 Bears.

“[The Bears are] a team we don’t know very well, but we’re getting to know each other pretty well,” Belichick said. “It was helpful. We’ll see how it goes today here and just keep putting it together, get ready for Monday night.”

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