Why Patriots QB Mac Jones is trying out a protective knee brace

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New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones was wearing a knee brace in practice for the first time on Monday during a joint practice with the Philadelphia Eagles. That begged the question: Is he hurt? Jones, however, said he did not sustain an injury.

“I just wanted to try it out for protective reasons,” Jones told reporters Monday. “I think it’s a good idea as a quarterback just to have that on your left, front knee. So I’m going to give it a go and see how it feels. It’s pretty good. I’m getting a different one tomorrow, just trying some different things.”

Jones appeared to get hit around the legs during the preseason game. Is his brace related to that in any way?

“Oh no, no. I feel good,” Jones said. “Practice is practice, and they stay off the quarterback. Everything is good. I just want to make sure I keep it safe. That’s your lead leg when you plant, so you just want to keep it safe.”

A number of quarterbacks have worn protective braces in an effort to try to prevent knee injuries. Apparently, Jones is giving it a try.

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