Report: Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett Suffers Torn Ligament – May Need Surgery

Jacoby Brissett

The 3-0 Patriots still have one more game without Tom Brady, and now have yet another question mark about who will play in his place in the final game before his return.

Jacoby Brissett, who led the team to a win on Thursday, has suffered a torn ligament in his throwing hand according to WEEI.com.

The need for surgery at this point is uncertain, though likely to completely stabilize the thumb.

It’s not clear when exactly the injury occurred but he was having his thumb looked at in the third quarter on the side, with a broken nail clearly visible.

Brissett was tackled by Vince Wilfork from behind with just under 13 minutes left in the third quarter on the opening drive of the second half.

If Jimmy Garoppolo can recover, he will likely get the start, if not, the team will probably have to pickup up one, or even two QB’s this week.

Patriots Vs Texans: A Thursday Night Preview

Brissett will make his debut tonight! (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Brissett will make his debut tonight!
(Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Thursday Night Football and color rush uniforms are upon us today!

The Patriots will take on the Texans with rookie QB Jacoby Brissett making his starting debut.

The Patriots are 2-0 behind two stellar Jimmy Garoppolo performances against Arizona and Miami. The Dolphins game proved to me Garoppolo will most likely be the next big thing in the National Football League. I mean he’s already better than all of the other AFC East Quarterbacks not named Brady. But, sadly he went down with an injury against Miami that will keep him out of tonight’s game and let the rookie draft pick start against one of the better defenses in the league.

The Texans are 2-0 and a very good team with a solid offense and a J.J Watt led defense that is better than good.

The Patriots’ defense hasn’t been overly impressive in the first two games, especially against Miami in the second half. They need to be so much better tonight. No more allowing a final drive to a field goal (thankfully the Cardinals missed) and no more (almost) huge second half comebacks. They need to lock the Texans down tonight. They have to, the Patriots idea tonight will be to game manage the heck out of this game. If the defense can do their part and Brissett doesn’t turn it over, they will be fine and stay in the game, maybe even win it.

Brissett will most likely be limited tonight by the Patriots. Check downs and safe routes to give the rookie some confidence. Every now and then they will let him air it out but I wouldn’t expect them to take the reins off him if they are in the game.

Brissett was a good college QB and he has all the potential in the world, tonight we will find out if he will be the future.

I have the Texans winning 20-17 in a close battle. Don’t get me wrong, I would not be surprised to see the Patriots win a 23-20 battle. Can’t wait to watch.

 

Patriots and Texans Inactives: Gronk to Make 2016 Debut

Jacoby Brissett

The Patriots will have Jacoby Brissett under center tonight as they battle the Houston Texans in game three of the regular season as they look to get to 2-0.

Brissett will play for Jimmy Garoppolo, who has been ruled out of the game with a shoulder injury. The Pats will have the services of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who will play in his first game of the 2016 season.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft also hinted that Gronkowski will be making his regular-season debut, telling WBZ-TV that “you’d be wise” if thinking that Gronkowski would play.

Gronkowski will rotate and be on a play count for the Texans, sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Here’s the inactives for the game this evening:

Patriots inactives: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, LB Dont’a Hightower, RB D.J. Foster, G Jonathan Cooper, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Eric Rowe, TE AJ Derby

Texans inactives: QB Brandon Weeden, WR Braxton Miller, SS Eddie Pleasant, ILB Brian Cushing, T Duane Brown, G Oday Aboushi, DE Devon Still,

Bill Belichick Says QB Garoppolo a Game-Time Decision

Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots might not have clarity on the status of injured quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo until 90 minutes before the kickoff of Thursday night’s game against the visiting Texans, coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports.

“It might be as early as this afternoon, it might be as late as when we turn in the inactives tomorrow night,” Belichick said on 98.5 The Sports Hub. “We’ll just have to see how it all comes together. Any time you have a short week like this, you always have a few players that are banged up and working their way back. Where exactly they’ll be on game time Thursday night, a lot of times you don’t know until Thursday night.”

Garoppolo, who sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder Sunday, was listed by the team as a limited participant in Tuesday’s walkthrough practice. Garoppolo was not present when reporters were present at Tuesday’s practice.

Rookie Jacoby Brissett is the only other quarterback on the Patriots’ active roster. The team, which worked out free agents T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree on Wednesday but didn’t sign either one, doesn’t have a quarterback on the practice squad. New England’s depth will be thin until four-time MVP Tom Brady returns from a four-game suspension on Oct. 3.

Texans at Patriots NFL Week Three Capsule

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

HOUSTON TEXANS (2-0) AT NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  TEXANS PATRIOTS
SERIES LEADER   5-1
STREAKS   Past 3
COACHES VS. OPP. Bill O’Brien: 0-1 Bill Belichick: 5-1
LAST WEEK W 19-12 vs. Kansas City W 31-24 vs. Miami
LAST GAME 12/13/15: Patriots 27 at Texans 6. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 226 yards & 2 TDs. Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 4 catches for 87 yards & TD.
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/10/12: Patriots 42, Texans 14. New England QB Tom Brady throws for 296 yards & 4 TDs. Patriots RB Stevan Ridley adds 72 rushing yards & TD.
REFEREE Walt Coleman
BROADCAST CBS/NFLN/Twitter (8:25 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson (Field reporter). Westwood One: Ian Eagle, Tony Boselli.

STATS

PASSING Brock Osweiler: 41-68-499-3-3-79.2 Jacoby Brissett (R): 6-9-92-0-0-100.2 OR

Jimmy Garoppolo: 42-60-498-4-0-117.2

RUSHING Lamar Miller: 53-189-3.6-0 LeGarrette Blount: 51-193-3.8-2
RECEIVING DeAndre Hopkins: 12-167-13.9-2 Julian Edelman: 14 (T3L)-142-10.1-0
OFFENSE 347.5 414.0
TAKE/GIVE +1 +1
DEFENSE 274.5 401.5
SACKS John Simon: 2.5 3 tied: 1
INTs Andre Hal: 1 Jamie Collins, Duron Harmon: 1
PUNTING Shane Lechler: 49.2 Ryan Allen: 36.2
KICKING Nick Novak: 24 (T1L) (3/3 PAT; 7/8 FG) Stephen Gostkowski: 18 (6/6 PAT; 4/5 FG)

NOTES

TEXANS: Aim for 2nd 3-0 start in team history (2012)…Head coach BILL O’BRIEN was assistant with NE from 2007-11…QB BROCK OSWEILER won only start vs. NE (11/29/15 with Den.)…RB LAMAR MILLER had rush TD in last game at NE (10/29/15 with Mia.)…WR DE ANDRE HOPKINS had 11 catches for 169 yards in last Thurs. game. Aims for 3rd in row with TD. Rookie WR WILL FULLER is 3rd player in NFL history with 100+ rec. yards in each of 1st 2 career games…DE J.J. WATT has 6 sacks, 9 TFL & 45-yard FR-TD in 9 Thurs. games. Since entering NFL in 2011, has 76 sacks, most in NFL. Reached 75 sacks in 82nd game, 2nd fastest in NFL history (HOFer REGGIE WHITE). LB WHITNEY MERCILUS has 8.5 sacks in past 4 (incl. playoffs). DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 sacks in last meeting…PATRIOTS: Incl. playoffs, have won 27 of past 29 at home…QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO is 2-0 as starter & has 117.2 rating. Rookie QB JACOBY BRISSETT made NFL debut last week & had 100.2 rating…RB LE GARRETTE BLOUNT rushed for 123 yards in Week 2 & aims for 3rd in row with rush TD…WR JULIAN EDELMAN aims for 3rd in row vs. Hou. with 100+ yards. Has 7 rec. TDs in past 10. TE MARTELLUS BENNETT had 5 catches for 114 yards & TD last week. Has 271 catches since 2012, 4th most by NFL TE. TE ROB GRONKOWSKI has 10 catches for 214 yards (107 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2 vs. Hou. Since 2010, has 65 rec. TDs, most in NFL. In past 14 at home (incl. playoffs), has 15 rec. TDs. WR DANNY AMENDOLA had career-high 2 rec. TDs last week…LB JAMIE COLLINS has 3 sacks & INT in past 3 (incl. playoffs). CB MALCOLM BUTLER has 18 PD since 2015. DE JABAAL SHEARD had 2 sacks & 2 FFs in last meeting.

Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo Listed as Limited in Practice

Jimmy Garoppolo

When the Patriots’ injury report was released this afternoon, Jimmy Garoppolo was listed with “limited participation,” Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC join in his right shoulder during Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and his availability for Thursday’s game against the Texans has been the main storyline this weeek. Garoppolo was not present for the start of the workout, which appeared to be a light session. Players wore helmets but no other pads, so it was going to be closer to a walkthrough.

Garoppolo joined five other players with the “limited” designation — linebacker Dont’a Hightower, tight end Rob Gronkowski, linebacker Jonathan Freeny, defensive lineman Trey Flowers and offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper. Eric Rowe officially “did not particpate.”

Rapoport: Garoppolo Won’t Start Patriots Thursday Game Against Texans

Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo won’t start Thursday’s game versus the Houston Texans, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting.

The QB suffered a sprained AC joint in the win over the Dolphins 31-24. As for now, the Pats will go with Jacoby Brissett.

Patriots Lose Another QB; Top Dolphins 31-24

Miami Dolphins v New England Patriots

The New England Patriots have a brand new quarterback issue.

Jimmy Garoppolo had three touchdown passes before leaving in the second quarter with a right shoulder injury as the New England Patriots outlasted the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Sunday.

It was the Patriots’ eighth straight home victory over Miami (0-2). It came at a price as New England (2-0) was dealt another blow at quarterback with Tom Brady already out his four-game “Deflategate” suspension.

Garoppolo’s injury came on third down with less than five minutes left in the first half. He was chased out of the pocket and got off a completion to Malcolm Mitchell and driven into the ground on his shoulder by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Garoppolo initially got up, before going down to one knee and being attended to by the training staff. He ended his day 18 of 27 for 234 yards and the three scores.

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