The New England Patriots are 3-0 this season despite missing in some games top quarterback Tom Brady and backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Their third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett could also miss time with a torn right thumb injury in their latest win over the Houston Texans.
According to WEEI radio, which is based in Boston, the former third-round pick Brissett would require surgery on the right thumb with a timetable for return unclear.
Brady is banned for the first four games of the season while Garoppolo was inactive due to a shoulder injury. Brissett was the only QB on the roster after New England decided not to sign a quarterback in free agency and will face the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.
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The Patriots had workouts with T.J. Yates and Sean Refree last week, but couldn’t agree to a deal.
The other plan for the Patriots is to start wide receiver Julian Edelman at quarterback if they have no available QB in their next game. Edelman played the QB position in college football playing for Kent State.
Led by Garoppolo under center, the Patriots defeated the Arizona Cardinals in a close game, 23-21 and the Miami Dolphins, 31-24. Brissett, just a rookie, started in Week 3 and led the team to a 27-0 shutout victory over the Texans.
Brissett had 103 passing yards on 11 of 19 completions and 48 rushing yards on 8 carries against Houston. He also had a rushing touchdown, the first in his NFL career.
Tom Brady will return in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns.
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