Jake Bailey files appeal to fight ‘indefinite’ Patriots suspension

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“This is unexpected given his full participation on the injured reserve.”

Jake Bailey is out for the season after being placed on the suspended list Friday, until Dec. 31. Photo AP/Stephen Senn

Jake Bailey is back in action, a day after being surprisingly shut out by the Patriots.

The fourth-year quarterback is appealing the suspension, Bailey’s agent, Doug Hendrickson, said in a statement to NFL Network on Saturday, as his client continues to recover from a back injury.

“When Jake Bailey was on IR, he never missed a single treatment, meeting or practice,” Hendrickson said. “He was hoping to come off IR to play last weekend, but Jake said he was suspended for the last two games. It was a surprise given his full participation while on injured reserve. We filed a complaint to fight this indefinite suspension.

Bailey was initially placed on injured reserve ahead of the Patriots’ Week 11 matchup against the New York Jets with a back injury. He returned to practice on Dec. 21 and returned to action, opening a three-week window for the Patriots to activate him or else he will be out for the rest of the season.

Although the three weeks are not yet over, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Bailey’s activation time has passed before he was moved to the suspended list on Friday.

Bailey wasn’t the only player the Patriots placed on the suspended list Friday. Rookie Jack Jones was also placed on the temporary restricted list retroactive to Dec. 31. Jones injured his knee in the Patriots’ Week 14 win over the Cardinals and hasn’t played since and was placed on injured reserve before the win. over the Dolphins last week.

Jones’ agent said the suspension could be related to how his client approached rehab following the injury.

“I am aware of the situation regarding my client, Jack Jones,” agent Jamal Tucson said in a statement to NFL Network. “Jack is trying to get back to helping the Patriots as soon as possible. As for the suspension, it appears to be a misstep in Jack’s rehabilitation process. We hope we can reach an amicable resolution for Jack and the Patriots.

ESPN’s Mike Reiss reported that Bailey’s suspension was due to differing views on Bailey’s return to the game, while Jones’ suspension was due to a team fine for missing rehabilitation appointments.

The Patriots signed Bailey to a four-year, $13.5 million extension in August, making him one of the highest-paid players in the league. The suspension could void the guaranteed money on Bailey’s contract, which is worth $3.415 million through the 2023 season.

In terms of performance, Bailey and Jones have been on opposite ends of the spectrum this season. Bailey was having the worst season of his career before being placed on IR, averaging 42.1 yards per punt, a league-low in Week 11. Jones, meanwhile, had a strong rookie campaign, recording two interceptions and being one of Football Focus’ best. -rated Pro cornerbacks in the first half of the season.

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