Published: Sun, September 25, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Pats QB Brissett's right thumb could be concern in Week 4

The Patriots beat the Texans 27-0.

"Jacoby didn't look stressed out at all", Doeren said. Hopkins wound up catching 4 balls for 56 yards, but had to earn every one of them as Logan Ryan stuck to him all night. It's Brissett's right thumb that's injured.

Sep 22, 2016; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) breaks free for a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Before star quarterback Tom Brady's four-game Deflategate suspension is over after next weekend's game, New England will have to start with a four-stringer against the Buffalo Bills in Week 4.

Brissett ran for an early touchdown and was at ease in the national spotlight. If coach Bill Belichick decides to sign another quarterback, options include TJ Yates and Sean Renfree.

RUNNING QBS: Brissett's 27-yard touchdown run was the longest for a Patriots quarterback since Steve Grogan went 41 yards for a score in 1976. Heading for the sideline, Brissett stutter-stepped and let the defender cut in front of him, then slipped through his grasp before diving for the end zone. A lot of that has to do with the Patriots' sixth-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, Michigan quarterback Tom Brady. He threw for 2,662 yards and 20 touchdowns last season and 2,606 and 23 touchdowns as a junior in 2014 for the Wolfpack. One report from the press box said that the nail of Brissett's thumb was clearly broken.

Personality-wise, Brissett has been a flawless fit with the the team-first, no-nonsense Patriots, too.

Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler, who was at the helm when the Denver Broncos handed the Patriots their first loss last season, dealt with awful field position all night Thursday, and the results just weren't there.

One high-ranking team source, when asked whether Brissett will need surgery on his passing hand, told Schefter that the Patriots will "see where we are on Monday with everything". "At any moment in the game, no one wavered, no one flinched, and the results proved themselves with what our team did tonight". Remember, Osweiler has started just 10 games at the National Football League level and dating back to last season, he has seven turnovers, including six interceptions, in his last four games.

"If we do our jobs, we'll be in any game", he said. "There is nothing really in my mind that comes out good, but what I will say is that there is a resilient team in that locker room". Receiver Julian Edelman, who played quarterback at Kent State, was expected to be available if anything happened to the third-round pick. No other college football team can claim the same.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Patriots are hopeful that Jimmy Garoppolo (with his injured AC joint from Week 2) can be ready for the Bills game on October 2.

Brissett was the only active quarterback on the roster Thursday.

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