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Jimmy Garoppolo Injury Update: Patriots QB Won't Start Thursday

Jimmy Garoppolo injury update: the New England Patriots quarterback will not start Thursday against the Houston Texans.

We've got a Jimmy Garoppolo injury update this Monday morning. The New England Patriots signal-caller, who injured his right shoulder in the second quarter against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, will not start for the team against the Houston Texans on Thursday.

Garoppolo technically has a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder. The injury occurred as Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso drove him into the ground. Garoppolo was replaced by rookie Jacoby Brissett. The Patriots held on to win 31-24 after leading the game 31-24 in the third quarter.

Garoppolo finished the contest 18-of-27 for 234 yards and three touchdowns. Brissett, in backup duty, finished 6-of-9 for 92 yards. Clearly, this isn't great timing to have a Thursday night contest. With Tom Brady still out because of the DeflateGate suspension, and Garoppolo hurt, the Patriots are down to just one healthy quarterback. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Garoppolo could be the backup quarterback in the game, with Brissett starting. So clearly he's available - the team just doesn't want to have to use him unless needed. Garoppolo is expected to return week four.

Garoppolo, through two games, has been nothing short of fantastic filling in for Brady. The former Eastern Illinois quarterback is 42-of-60 for 498 yards with four touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also holds a 117.2 passer rating. The Patriots have defeated the Arizona Cardinals and the Miami Dolphins under his command.

Garoppolo was drafted as the 62nd overall pick by the Patriots back in the 2014 draft. He's in his third season with the franchise.

Brissett, meanwhile, was a third round pick by the Patriots in this past year's draft. He played his college ball at NC State. throwing for over 5,700 yards and 46 touchdowns during his time on campus.