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Jeff Howe: Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo won’t play on Thursday; injury might take six weeks to heal

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Some bad news for the Patriots.

The New England Patriots have beaten the Miami Dolphins 31-24 to improve to 2-0 on the season. However, while doing so, the team has lost (current) starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a shoulder injury in the second quarter.

The team inserted rookie Jacoby Brissett - and it seems as if New England will have to rely on the N.C. State product once again on Thursday. According to Jeff Howe, Garoppolo won’t play in four days:

While Jimmy Garoppolo is undergoing tests, the Patriots know he won't play Thursday night against the Texans, per source.

And that’s not even the worst news Howe dropped today:

The early indication on Garoppolo's injury is it will take 6 weeks to heal, per source. But still undergoing full battery of tests.

While initial x-rays have shown that Garoppolo has not suffered any broken bones, his injury will at least force him to miss what would have been his third career start. He would also have started the week after that before Tom Brady returns to the field in week 5.

Consequently, Brissett will highly likely get his first career start on Thursday against the Houston Texans - and maybe the week after that against Buffalo. With Garoppolo out indefinitely, the Patriots are also officially in the market for yet another backup quarterback.