The Quarterbacks are coming! Patriots QB’s return to practice, but who will start?

 

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Patriots fans received some welcome news this week, as both quarterbacks Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett returned to practice today after many thought both men would miss time with separate injuries.

Garoppolo was seen at practice without a sling or anything plainly visible on his shoulder, and Brissett was seen sans the black tape that was seen on his thumb in recent days.

Garoppolo was put on the shelf in week 2 against Miami, after a hit from linebacker Kiko Alonzo sent Garoppolo out of the game with what was later revealed as a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder.

That injury caused the Patriots to put in 2016 3rd round pick, Jacoby Brissett into the remainder of the game against Miami, which ended in a 31-24 victory for New England.

Brissett would start week 3’s matchup against Houston, in a game in which Houston was regarded as the favorite, Brissett came out and left an impression on Patriots fans showing some fast feet and finding his way into the end zone for his first NFL touchdown.

However, in the third quarter of Thursday’s game, Brissett seemed to struggle throwing the ball and while he didn’t turn the ball over he definitely didn’t look comfortable when throwing the football.

It was later revealed that Brissett had suffered a thumb injury in the third quarter after Texans defensive lineman and former Patriot, Vince Wilfork landed on him.

The Patriots, led by Brissett and a Patriots defense living up to their potential would smack the favored Texans, 27-0.

Brissett would later be seen with a taped up thumb, and it was reported by WEEI that Brissett had torn a ligament in his thumb. Fortunately it seems the injury was not that serious.

It is unknown if either man attempted a pass at practice, however if both men are deemed healthy, the question then becomes who starts against division rival Buffalo?

Comparing the starts of Garoppolo and Brissett, it could be reasoned that Garoppolo was the stronger of the two. Before he came out with an injury, Garoppolo was absolutely shredding the Dolphin defense, driving up and down the field at will it seemed and scoring on three straight drives.

However, an AC joint injury is a tricky injury to track, with players and experts putting a timetable of anywhere from 2-6 weeks. So it could be Brissett starting the game against the Buffalo Bills come this Sunday, and the Patriots game plan leaning heavy on a run game anchored by LeGarrette Blount.

Regardless of who starts, it will be the last week starting for either Garoppolo or Brissett, as star quarterback Tom Brady returns from a 4-game suspension in week 5. Giving Garoppolo or Brissett one last chance to make an impression on the Patriots and perhaps in Garoppolo’s case other teams.