This is unreal.
According to WEEI's Mike Petraglia, 3rd string quarterback Jacoby Brissett suffered a torn ligament in his thumb in the 3rd quarter of last night's game against the Houston Texans:
Source confirms torn right thumb ligament for Jacoby Brissett. Suffered injury in 2nd half Thursday. Faces likely surgery for stabilization.— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) September 23, 2016
This is a fluid story, and the severity of the injury is unknown - but you'd think that if Brissett's thumb does require surgery, he won't be suiting up next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. That means that the only available quarterbacks are Jimmy Garoppolo, who is still recovering from a sprained AC joint, and Julian Edelman.
It's almost as if the football gods are determined to see Edelman line up under center and are going to keep taking guys out until Belichick acquiesces.
The good news is that Brady is back in two weeks, so all the Patriots need to do is get through one more game. And Garoppolo may very well be good to go by next week anyway, so there isn't too much cause for panic. Still, it puts a damper on a fantastic debut for the rookie, and makes you wonder why this team can't seem to keep a quarterback this season.
Stay tuned for updates.
3:00 PM EST UPDATE:
#Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett did suffer a thumb sprain, source said. Those involved are weighing his options. Expect them to add a QB— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2016
#Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett’s thumb injury is not deemed to be a serious one, source said. Will be monitored, but the team has 10 more days— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 23, 2016
Source says Brissett tore a thumb ligament in R hand, as @Trags said. Happened when Wilfork landed on him. Initially thought it was broken— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) September 23, 2016
3:15 PM EST UPDATE:
My sources say that Jacoby Brissett is going to be fine. No break, it's a sprained thumb. (No surgery needed) #Patriots— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) September 23, 2016