Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett filled in for the Patriots the last two weeks, but he won’t play again for at least the next eight weeks.
The Patriots placed Brissett on injured reserve Friday. Brissett injured his right thumb in a Week Three victory over the Texans, but was able to play through the injury in last week’s loss to the Bills. He reportedly had surgery on the thumb Friday.
Brissett, a third-round pick in April, handled his earlier than expected move into the lineup pretty well. He completed 34-of-55 passes for 400 yards and ran 16 times for 83 yards and a touchdown. If all goes according to plan, he won’t play again until next preseason whether or not he remains on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
The Patriots didn’t announce a corresponding move, but it would be a pretty good bet that it will go to Tom Brady when he’s formally activated after serving a four-game suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo, who started the first two games of the year before hurting his shoulder, will serve as Brady’s backup.