Player News - Patriots

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Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) both were at practice Thursday.

Both were limited on Wednesday. It was just a walkthrough, but it is looking more and more likely Garoppolo will play Sunday. He will be a solid streaming option at home against the Bills.
Sep 29 - 12:15 PM

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Gronkowski only logged 14 snaps in last week's win over Houston and was mostly used as a decoy. He should have a much bigger role against Buffalo in Week 4. As always, Gronkowski is a locked-in TE1.
Sep 28 - 4:37 PM

Patriots MLB Dont'a Hightower (knee) is recovering from a "slight tear" in his meniscus.

Per beat writer Jeff Howe, Hightower is "making good progress" and is questionable for Week 4 against the Bills after missing the past two games.
Sep 28 - 1:34 PM

Jacoby Brissett (thumb) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

He and Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) split the first-team reps, and both threw passes. Expect the Patriots to try and get Garoppolo ready for the Bills.
Sep 28 - 1:28 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) were both limited participants at Wednesday's practice.

Garoppolo reportedly is "still in pain and doesn't yet have full mobility" in his throwing shoulder, but he didn't look any worse for the wear while throwing at Wednesday's practice. He and Brissett split the first-team reps. Don't expect gamesman coach Bill Belichick to name a starter until the end of the week.
Sep 28 - 1:26 PM

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) said he's experienced "no setbacks" since last Thursday night's win over the Texans.

In his first action of the season, Gronkowski splayed just 14-of-64 snaps in a very limited offensive role. The Patriots still steamrolled the Texans. Gronk should be closer to full go this week against the Bills and will be a top-end TE1 since he'll likely be in the game for red-zone situations at the very least.
Sep 28 - 12:09 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is "still in pain and doesn't yet have full mobility in his throwing shoulder."

There have been reports Garoppolo has made steady progress, and the Patriots are "hopeful" he'll play Week 4 against the Bills, but it doesn't sound like he's anywhere near 100 percent. Meanwhile, rookie Jacoby Brissett (thumb) replied "oh yeah" when asked if he's feeling in tip-top shape. If the Patriots were to play today, Brissett would likely be the one under center.
Sep 28 - 10:03 AM

Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett (thumb) practiced Tuesday.

As did Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder). The early signs suggest Garoppolo will start against the Bills, but Brissett wasn't spotted wearing a brace. It sounds like he'll be ready if Garoppolo misses his second straight start.
Sep 27 - 1:46 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports the Patriots are "hopeful" Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) will both be available for Week 4 against the Bills.

Garoppolo almost played against Houston last week and has reportedly made steady progress in his recovery from a sprained AC joint. Meanwhile Brissett wasn't wearing any protective covering on his sprained thumb during the Patriots' media availability on Tuesday. The Pats only need to cobble together one more week of Garoppolo and Brissett before Tom Brady makes his return in Week 5.
Sep 27 - 12:30 PM

Patriots signed DE John Hughes.

A Browns flameout, Hughes was cut last Tuesday. Hughes could be the roster casualty when Rob Ninkovich returns from his suspension in Week 5.
Sep 26 - 3:07 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is "definitely making progress" and there is hope he can be ready for Week 4.

Schefter reported earlier this week Garoppolo had "a chance" to be active, so this sounds like better news. Schefter also said the Patriots do not believe Jacoby Brissett's thumb injury is serious. It is starting to look like New England could have both quarterbacks next week against the Bills.
Sep 25 - 11:29 AM

ESPN's Dianna Russini reports that Jacoby Brissett only suffered a sprained thumb and will not require surgery.

Russini added that Brissett is "going to be fine." The Twittersphere was panicking after his initial diagnosis but now there's growing optimism that Brissett will be available for next week's game against Buffalo. The Patriots may not even need him with Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) on the mend. Tom Brady (suspension) returns in Week 5.
Sep 23 - 3:27 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots believe Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) "has a chance" to be ready in Week 4 against the Bills.

Schefter concedes it's "too early to say for sure," but Garoppolo will be under center if he's able, particularly following Jacoby Brissett's thumb injury. Tom Brady has one more game on suspension, then will return in Week 5. As of Thursday, however, Garoppolo was still in a "tremendous amount of pain" due to his throwing-arm injury. The Pats will sign a veteran quarterback this week.
Sep 23 - 3:27 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Jacoby Brissett thumb injury isn't considered serious.

Brissett tore a ligament in his right (throwing) thumb Thursday night against Houston but it doesn't sound like he'll miss much time. The Patriots have nine days to figure out their quarterback situation for Week 4 against Buffalo. Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) could both be back by then. Tom Brady will return from suspension against the Browns in Week 5.
Sep 23 - 3:04 PM

WEEI Boston's Mike Petraglia reports Jacoby Brissett will need thumb surgery after injuring the finger in Thursday night's win.

It's a torn right (throwing) thumb ligament, which Brissett apparently suffered in the second half against the Texans but played through. We have no idea whom the Patriots are going to start at quarterback in Week 4 against the Bills. They have nine days to figure it out. Tom Brady has one more game to serve on suspension, while Jimmy Garoppolo is battling a painful shoulder injury. Julian Edelman has been working as the Patriots' emergency quarterback.
Sep 23 - 2:28 PM


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