New England Patriots registered a 31-24 victory over Miami Dolphins on Sunday night to improve their record to 2-0. But they suffered a major injury setback as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo left the game with a shoulder injury.
During the third quarter, Garoppolo, filling in for the suspended Tom Brady, fell awkwardly on the turf when taken down by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso, who landed with all his weight on the Patriots QB’s shoulder.
After the blow, Garoppolo was immediately rushed to the locker room.
Later, NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo confirmed that Garoppolo had suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, essentially ruling him out of Thursday’s game against the Houston Texans.
The Patriots don’t expect Garoppolo to return until Week 4.
In his absence, the Patriots have no choice but to roll with rookie Jacoby Brissett, who finished Sunday’s game after Garoppolo left the Gillette Stadium. In fact, even receiver Julian Edelman played a few minutes at QB.
New England Patriots: What now?
Garoppolo’s injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the New England Patriots.
The third-year player was mighty impressive during Sunday’s game, registering 18 of 27 passes for 234 yards, besides three scores in just 25 minutes of action!
All this despite the fact that Rob Gronkowski is still recovering from his hamstring injury.
Could the Patriots try and trade for a quarterback?
“We’ll do whatever we think is best for the team,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said after Sunday’s win.
“Jacoby (Brissett) — look, he’s been working for this (opportunity) for a long time, all the way back into the spring, all the way through training camp. He’s gotten a lot of reps.
“He did a good job; pressure situation, played two and a half quarterbacks and he did a good job for us,” added Belichick, who hinted that New England will continue to start the rookie for Thursday’s game.
Tom Brady is expected to return to the New England Patriots for the Week 5 game against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 9. He is currently serving a 4-game suspension.