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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.

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