BOSTON (CBS) — Already without quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the Patriots had to be gravely concerned when third-string rookie QB Jacoby Brissett injured his thumb during the team’s 27-0 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. Brissett played with the injury for much of the second half, however, and appears healthy enough to take the field on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills if his name is called.
Of course, that’s Bill Belichick’s decision, as Brissett noted, but he did not seem concerned about his thumb injury when speaking to reporters at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.
“[Injuries are] just something you’ve got to deal with,” said Brissett. “Whatever happens just happens. Whatever coach wants me to do, I’ll do.”
Brissett added that his right thumb is “feeling fine” and felt “good” when throwing the ball in Wednesday’s practice. If Brissett ends up starting against Buffalo, he said the key will be keeping his mind on everything but the thumb.
“I mean, I played with it [against Houston],” said Brissett. “Didn’t think about it. That’s the main thing, just not thinking about it.”
Both Brissett and Garoppolo practiced and were available to the media Wednesday.