The Patriots have placed Hoyer (concussion) on IR, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Now that Hoyer is slated to miss the next four games, the Patriots approach Week 5 action with Mac Jones iffy with an ankle injury, with Bailey Zappe thus in line to start at QB in Jones' place if he's unavailable Sunday versus the Lions. Meanwhile, Garrett Gilbert is a candidate to be elevated from the team's practice squad in advance of the contest.

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