Garop­polo hurt; Wil­liams carted off after scary hit

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Quar­ter­back Jimmy Garop­polo was knocked out of New Eng­land’s game against Mi­ami on Sun­day with a shoul­der in­jury, mean­ing the high­est-pro­file re­place­ment in the NFL needed a re­place­ment of his own.

Garop­polo — fill­ing in for sus­pended quar­ter­back Tom Brady — took a big hit from Mi­ami’s Kiko Alonso in the sec­ond quar­ter of the Pa­tri­ots’ game against the Dol­phins on Sun­day and left for fur­ther eval­u­a­tion.

The Pa­tri­ots did not dis­close the sever­ity of the in­jury, but said Garop­polo was ruled out for the rest of the game. The Pa­tri­ots held on to beat the Dol­phins 31-24.

Garop­polo was 18 of 27 pass­ing for 234 yards and three touch­downs in less than a half, as New Eng­land rolled to a 24-3 half­time lead. He was re­placed by rookie Ja­coby Bris­sett, a South Florida na­tive who found him­self fac­ing es­sen­tially his home­town team in his pro de­but. New Eng­land didn’t need an­other quar­ter­back, but if it did the likely choice fig­ured to be wide re­ceiver Julian Edel­man — who played QB in col­lege at Kent State.

There was a very scary scene in the first half of Sun­day’s early games as well.

Cor­ner­back P.J. Wil­liams of the New Or­leans Saints needed to be placed on a back­board and taken off on a cart after he took mul­ti­ple blows to the head while try­ing to make a tackle in his team’s game against the New York Gi­ants. Fox Sports re­ported that Wil­liams was mov­ing his ex­trem­i­ties at a nearby hos­pi­tal and was be­ing eval­u­ated for a con­cus­sion.

Also, Bron­cos line­backer De­Mar­cus Ware broke his right fore­arm early in the third quar­ter against In­di­anapo­lis.

Coach Gary Ku­biak said the team will see the ex­tent of the in­jury on Monday morn­ing and “whether we think it’s some­thing he can play with or some­thing that has to be fixed.”

On the play he was hurt, Ware just missed wrap­ping up Colts quar­ter­back An­drew Luck and ap­peared to run into a team­mate. He walked off hold­ing his right arm.

The 34-year-old Ware had a half-sack in the game. In other in­juries Sun­day: — Danny Wood­head left in the first quar­ter of San Diego’s game against Jack­sonville with an ap­par­ent right knee in­jury, and was taken off the side­line on a cart on his way to fur­ther eval­u­a­tion. The Charg­ers lost Keenan Allen last week, so if Wood­head’s in­jury is se­ri­ous then San Diego’s of­fense would take an­other hit.

— Tampa Bay tight end Luke Stocker (an­kle) left in the first quar­ter. And after a 1-yard gain on Tampa Bay’s first play of the sec­ond quar­ter, run­ning back Doug Martin left with a ham­string in­jury. De­fen­sive end Robert Ay­ers Jr. left with an an­kle in­jury late in the sec­ond quar­ter. Fi­nally, wide re­ceiver Ce­cil Shorts III left with a ham­string in­jury in the third quar­ter.

— Cleve­land cen­ter Cameron Erv­ing left the Browns’ sta­dium by am­bu­lance as a pre­cau­tion, the team said. Erv­ing cramped late in the game and had dis­com­fort in his up­per body. The Browns said he’s been di­ag­nosed with a pul­monary con­tu­sion and he will re­main in the hos­pi­tal overnight for ob­ser­va­tion.

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