"Ben will have an examination on Monday", said Jones.
The Exeter No. 8 then turned provider three minutes later, supplying the assist for replacement Jack Nowell to mark his first game for England in a year with a try.
Simmons' presence does mean that England lose some of the ball carrying power that Vunipola and Hughes bring, but Borthwick believes that England can adapt the way they play their forwards game to utilise other carriers such as Mako Vunipola, Courtney Lawes and the hulking Joe Launchbury, who will no doubt get through another workload that defies belief. The great thing about our team is that no one is a certainty.
Jones admits his group understand the pressure that is on them, both to perform and improve.
Tommaso Benvenuti ran on to a long pass by Tommaso Allan to interrupt the flow of England's tries with a superb score, but soon after a gap appeared in midfield and Farrell shaped to pass before accelerating over. Remember to update your bookmarks.
Away from the physiotherapist's table the day belonged to Sam Simmonds. "Life's full of contradictions isn't it".
"What they saw out there was a team playing competitive rugby with more to come". He's a bit different - he's fast and runs good lines.
Early in the second period, Watson squandered a hat-trick chance when he lost possession grounding the ball, although Farrell nudged England further ahead with a penalty.
'He's fitted into the team well.
England won a scrum penalty which Owen Farrell kicked deep into Italy territory to give England an attacking line-out.
Winger Anthony Watson got England off to a flying start with two early tries and number eight Sam Simmonds also bagged two.
'He got the Maserati out of the car park today, ' he added. Here's all the information you'll need to stream the glorious action, beginning with England vs Italy - plus crucial details like what channel you can catch it on, the date and kickoff time.
In the opening 40 minutes, the loop play between Ford and Farrell caused the Italian defence all sorts of problems. "That's how we want to play against Italy, we want to play a really physical game and set the tone for the tournament".
"Everyone in Europe is fitter".
England supporters will likely call for Dan Robson to be included and he is more in the Youngs/Care mould but then you also have Ben Vellacott who has also played very well for Gloucester this season and has been named-checked by Jones in the past. "We have to have resilience and we will". There was some lovely ball movement.
After 24 in succession, England victories over Italy could be defined as something of a formality. It wasn't the perfect game, but very positive.
England's defence held firm, albeit at the cost of another penalty which Allan kicked to cut the visitors advantage at the break to 17-10.