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Patriots To Evaluate Jimmy Garroppolo’s Shoulder Before Determining Starting QB

Update:

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the Patriots plan to evaluate Jimmy Garoppolo’s shoulder this morning before deciding to start either him or Jacoby Brissett.

  • Mike Garafolo adds that Garoppolo will have to prove he’s got enough strength in his shoulder to drive the ball in order to play today against the Bills.

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Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Patriots do not expect to know who will be their starting quarterback for Week 4’s game against the Bills until pre-game warmups.

A report from earlier said that Jimmy Garoppolo was likely to get the start, but it sounds like there’s still a chance they could go with Jacoby Brissett, depending on how they look tomorrow.

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According to Jason La Canfora, the Patriots are still determining whether to start QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday and their decision could come down to who performs best during pre-game workouts.

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Kirk Minihane of WEEI is reporting that the Patriots will start QB Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday against the Bills.

  • Yesterday, Mike Giardi of CSN New England reported that Garoppolo was “making good strides” and the “arrow is pointing in the right direction” for him to play in Week 4.
  • A few days ago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Patriots are “all but certain” to have Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett both available for their Week 4 matchup.

New England did not bring in any quarterbacks for workouts this week, which is clearly a good sign that they expect their guys to suit up.

The Patriots need to get through this game before Tom Brady returns from suspension.

Garoppolo, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $3,483,898 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $686,718 for the 2016 season.

This season, Garoppolo has completed 42 of 59 passing attempts for 496 yards and four touchdowns for the Patriots over the course of two games.