Jacoby Brissett gets start against Bills with Jimmy Garoppolo inactive

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

New England Patriots rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett gets the start on Sunday while Jimmy Garoppolowill be inactive against the Buffalo Bills, the team announced.

With Garoppolo missing his second straight game, star receiver Julian Edelman is expected to serve as New England's emergency backup quarterback.

Kickoff at Gillette Stadium is at 1 p.m. ET.

Garoppolo, who sprained the AC joint in his right throwing shoulder Sept. 18 against the Miami Dolphins, was limited in practice all week and was officially listed as questionable for the game.

Brissett filled in as the starter for Garoppolo on Sept. 22 against the Houston Texans and injured the thumb on his right throwing hand but played through it. He was limited in practice all week and also was also listed as questionable, although his injury isn't considered as serious as Garoppolo's.

They are the only quarterbacks on the Patriots' 53-man roster until Tom Brady returns Monday from a four-game suspension stemming from Deflategate.

On Wednesday, Garoppolo said that he was improving, and reporters saw him during practice that day throwing light passes about 25 yards down the field. That same day, Brissett downplayed his thumb injury by saying, "I played with it, so it was fine. I didn't think about it. Whatever it is you have, you just go out and deal with it."

Information from ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss was used in this report.

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