The Patriots may be starting rookie Jacoby Brissett at quarterback on Thursday night against the Texans, but there’s not much sign that they plan to share their intentions at the position publicly before they’re required to do it.
Coach Bill Belichick had no interest in discussing Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder injury during his press conference on Tuesday, reminding the assembled media that a medical degree is not among the credentials he accumulated on his way to deciding on life as a professional football coach. He said that the medical staff would make their call on Garoppolo’s status and that he’ll do “what’s best for the football team.
He didn’t say if Garoppolo, who reportedly has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, would take part in Tuesday’s walkthrough practice or if he might be a game-time decision.
“Could be, sure,” Belichick said, via WEEI.com. “It would depend on the situation. It would depend on a lot of things. It’s possible. Sure.”
Ed Werder of ESPN reported Tuesday that the Patriots “still believe” Garoppolo may be able to tolerate the pain in his shoulder well enough to play, although it seems like just the thing you’d say if you prefer your opponent know as little about your plans as possible. Texans coach Bill O’Brien has first-hand knowledge of Belichick’s way of doing business, although the lack of direct insight this week probably means a couple more long nights in the office covering all bases.