Now Pats might be without Bris­sett

Baltimore Sun - - NFL & RAVENS -

FOXBOR­OUGH, Mass. — The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots could be look­ing for yet an­other quar­ter­back — or two — af­ter third-stringer Ja­coby Bris­sett in­jured his right thumb in Thurs­day night’s vic­tory over the Hous­ton Tex­ans.

Bris­sett was shown on the side­line with the train­ing staff hav­ing the thumb ex­am­ined af­ter 325-pound Tex­ans de­fen­sive line­man Vince Wil­fork landed on him in the third quar­ter of New Eng­land’s 27-0 win.

Bris­sett fin­ished the game, com­plet­ing 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, and he also ran for a 27-yard touch­down.

Af­ter the game, Bris­sett did not seem to be fa­vor­ing his hand at all, shak­ing hands with his right when other play­ers came up to con­grat­u­late him for the vic­tory in his first NFL start.

He spoke at his locker af­ter­ward without any ban­dage or ice on the hand.

New Eng­land im­proved to 3-0 while four-time Su­per Bowl cham­pion Tom Brady is serv­ing his “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion.

Jimmy Garop­polo started the first two games but left with a right shoul­der in­jury af­ter be­ing slammed to the turf in Week 2.

The Pa­tri­ots did not have a backup for Bris­sett on the depth chart Thurs­day night.

Wide re­ceiver Ju­lian Edel­man, who played quar­ter­back at Kent State, was ex­pected to be avail­able if any­thing hap­pened to the rookie third-round draft pick.

Brady is el­i­gi­ble to re­turn Oct. 9 against the Cleve­land Browns.

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