Minnesota Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford left the field after suffering a bruised left hand in the second quarter of Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. He was briefly replaced by backup Shaun Hill, but Bradford did return to the game.
Bradford briefly Hunter Henry Jersey went to the locker room for X-rays, but returned to the sideline shortly after. The injury was to his non-throwing hand.
The Vikings didn’t take long to turn the reins of the offense over to Bradford. On Sunday, the team made the veteran quarterback the team’s starter for its Week 2 showdown against the Packers.
Brissett finished the day having completed six of nine passes for 92 yards, and while Miami did force a huge momentum swing late in the game with three scores, Brissett did enough to keep the Patriots from losing.
New England’s defense Jacoby Jones Jersey helped. The Patriots had been opportunistic throughout the game, finishing with two picks and two forced fumbles. At the end of the game, Patriots safety Duron Harmon intercepted Ryan Tannehill in the end zone, preventing a score that could have allowed the Dolphins to send the game to overtime.
After the game, Bill Belichick said he thought Brissett filled in well.
“Jacoby, he’s been working for this for a long time,” Belichick said. “All the way back in the spring, all the way through training camp … he did a good job.”
Early reports suggest that Garoppolo did not suffer a fracture, but he continued to undergo tests to determine the extent of the injury. AC joint injuries can usually be managed with painkillers, and a player’s ability to take the field is often dependent upon his pain tolerance. The fact that the Patriots have such a quick turnaround this week make this injury more of a challenge for New England.
The Patriots will need to bring in another quarterback to back up Brissett while Garoppolo recovers. Tom Brady will return from his Deflategate suspension following Week 4 and should be back on the field in Week 5 when the Patriots face the Cleveland Browns.