The New England Patriots have been impressive to start the 2016 NFL regular season despite missing their top quarterback Tom Brady. His backup, Jimmy Garoppolo has stepped up and has led the team to a 2-0 start but is suffering from a minor injury.
Garoppolo had three touchdown passes in a 31-24 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday but left in the second quarter due to an arm injury. He finished with 234 passing yards on 18 of 27 completions and followed up a good season opener against the Arizona Cardinals when he had 264 passing yards on 24 of 33 completions with one touchdown in a 23-21 close win.
Reports Tuesday state that the Patriots want Garoppolo to play through the injury he suffered in the Dolphins game. According to NFL rumors, the team wants the backup quarterback to do a Tom Brady, who has “played through a similar injury on multiple occasions throughout his career.”
However, the same report state that even Garoppolo plays on Thursday against the Houston Texans, he won’t be as effective as the first two games because of the arm injury.
The Patriots worked out veteran QB T.J. Wates as they look for insurance at the QB spot with the injury to Garoppolo and the suspension to Brady. Brady will return in Week 5 when the Patriots face the Cleveland Browns.
The Patriots decided to pass on signing Wates trusting that Garoppolo and third string QB Jacoby Brissett are enough for the team until they get Brady back. After the Thursday game versus the Texans, New England will face the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.
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