According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, the Patriots are still holding out hope that injured quarterback, Jimmy Garoppolo, will start Thursday night’s game against Houston.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 20, 2016
I don’t know how realistic this is.
That hit Garoppolo took on Sunday was big, and his fall was nasty. It looked like an injury that’d take more than a couple of days to be game ready. But maybe not?
Apparently if Jimmy can deal with the pain, there’s the chance he’ll go on Thursday night.
Clearly that’s the best case scenario. In the game-and-a-half he’s played, Garoppolo has killed it. Against Arizona he threw for 264YD & 1 TD, and in the first 20+ minutes of Sunday’s game against Miami, he threw for 234YD & 3TD. If he’s out there on Thursday, a Patriots’ win is all but guaranteed.
At the same time though, it’s debatable as to whether or not the team really wants to put him out there against a defense like Houston’s.
Through the first two games of the season, they’ve already recorded nine sacks. Their pass rushers are animals. I don’t know if putting a hurt Garoppolo out there against J.J. Watt, Vince Wilfork, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus is a great idea.
Now obviously Tom Brady will be back in two weeks, rendering Garoppolo’s services unnecessary, but that doesn’t mean he should be thrown to the wolves in order to get a win against the Texans.
However, if I had to guess, he’ll be on the field in some fashion.
Based on multiple reports, it doesn’t look like the Pats are going to bring in another quarterback to fill in for Garoppolo.
— CSN New England (@CSNNE) September 19, 2016
If that’s truly the case, I’d speculate that Garoppolo will be the second string guy, but in more of an “emergency” capacity. Jacoby Brissett should start the game and the team will ride with him barring injury.
If anything else comes out regarding Garoppolo’s injury or status for Thursday’s game, we’ll let you know.