Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Week 4.

Most signs point toward Gronkowski playing against the Bills, although his playing time is uncertain. He will be a better fantasy bet if Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) can start, and a worse bet if Jacoby Brissett is under center.
Sep 30 - 4:17 PM

Jacoby Brissett (thumb) is listed as questionable for Week 4.

Brissett will be available for Sunday's game against the Bills. He will start if Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) can't play, and back up Garoppolo if Garoppolo is healthy enough to start. We won't know for sure until Sunday morning.
Sep 30 - 4:14 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) are both listed as questionable for Week 4 against the Bills.

Garoppolo's status is entirely uncertain. Brissett is fully expected to be available for Sunday's game, but he won't start if Garoppolo is healthy enough to play. We only have to deal with this for one last week before Tom Brady's suspension ends. We'll find out the Patriots' Week 4 starter on Sunday morning.
Sep 30 - 4:12 PM

CSN New England's Mike Giardi reports Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is "making good strides" and the "arrow is pointing in the right direction" for him to start Week 4 against Buffalo.

It sounds like he's on the right track to play Sunday against the Bills. Garoppolo's return would be a big boost to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman in the passing game, though LeGarrette Blount would still be the focal point on offense.
Sep 30 - 9:31 AM

Rob Gronkowski (hamstring) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

Gronk's practice status hasn't changed since the season started. After playing a limited role in Week 3, Gronkowski should be in line for close to a full workload Sunday against Buffalo. Assuming all that time off didn't sap him of his superpowers, Gronk will be a top-five tight end option for Week 4.
Sep 29 - 3:54 PM

Patriots QBs Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) and Jacoby Brissett (thumb) remained "limited" on Thursday.

It's still unclear who will be starting against the Bills. CSN New England reported Wednesday morning that Garoppolo still doesn't have "full mobility in his throwing shoulder." Brissett seems further along in his recovery. It should be considered far from a certainly Garoppolo suits up. Another Brissett start would downgrade the Patriots' skill players across the board, save LeGarrette Blount.
Sep 29 - 3:45 PM

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


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