BOSTON (CBS) — This is not the greatest season to be a quarterback for the New England Patriots.
Hall of Famer Tom Brady is suspended, young gun Jimmy Garoppolo is out with a sprained shoulder, and according to a report on Friday, rookie signal-caller Jacoby Brissett is injured, too.
Brissett suffered an injury to the thumb on his throwing hand on Thursday night, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The initial report stated that instead of a sprain, Brissett suffered a torn ligament. However, Rapoport reported that the injury was not as serious as initially reported.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the thumb injury is not serious and won’t require surgery.
A source told Russini, “No tear, it’s fine.”
Brissett started his first NFL game on Thursday night, rushing for 48 yards and a touchdown and completing 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards. In total on the year, he’s 17-for-28 for 195 yards.
Garoppolo’s status for Week 4 will likely remain in question throughout the week, as will be the status of Brissett, who did play through the injury on Thursday night. It’s unclear at this point if Brissett will be able to play with the injury for one more game, though the reports of Rapoport and Russini indicate that it’s likely he’ll be able to get through one more game. With one more week to go before Brady is allowed to return to the team, that question figures to be of prime importance.
The Patriots don’t currently have another quarterback on the roster. Receiver Julian Edelman was reportedly the backup quarterback on Thursday. The team reportedly worked out veteran QB T.J. Yates last week.
The 3-0 Patriots will host the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 2.