Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett injured the thumb on his right throwing hand during his first career start in the New England Patriots’ 27-0 Thursday Night win over the Houston Texans in Week 3. Even still, Brissett started over second-string quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was nursing a sprained AC joint his right throwing shoulder, for the Patriots’ 16-0 Week 4 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Brissett threw fine, completing 17 of 27 passes for 205 yards, but fumbled the ball twice in that Bills loss. ESPN’s Ed Werder then reported the following Friday Brissett would undergo surgery.
The Patriots promptly placed Brissett on the injured reserve list, meanwhile Garoppolo relieved Tom Brady with 6 minutes remaining in New England’s 33-13 rout of the Cleveland Browns in Week 6.
Which begs the question: Did the Patriots mishandle Brissett’s injury in Week 4 to potentially protect Garoppolo?
“Our injury report was accurate, as it always is, at the time that it was turned in,” head coach Bill Belichick explained during a Tuesday conference call. “Sometimes things change, but at that particular time, based on the information that we had, we turned it in accurately.”
“We put out the information that we were required to put out by the league. I think it’s best that we just leave it at that.”
Brissett completed 34 of 55 passes for 400 yards and rushed for 83 yards and a touchdown in his two starts.