Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo injured his throwing shoulder during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Dolphins and did not return, the team announced.
Rookie Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick from North Carolina State, replaced Garoppolo. The Patriots hung on for a 31–24 win, with Brissett completing six of nine passes for 92 yards. He also carried four times for 12 yards.
Garoppolo was driven to the turf by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso and headed to the locker room with a shoulder injury. X-rays on Garoppolo’s shoulder were negative, MassLive.com’s Kevin Duffy reports.
According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, initial indications are that Garoppolo will miss at least six weeks.
Brissett took over for Garoppolo in the middle of a drive. The Patriots ran two running plays and Brissett’s pass on the third down was incomplete, leading New England to settle for a field goal.
Garoppolo had completed 18 of 27 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns before the injury. He threw for 264 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut last week.