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Jacoby Brissett starting at quarterback for Patriots

Jacoby Brissett is making his second career start Sunday as the New England Patriots host the Buffalo Bills.

Brissett is the starter despite dealing with a thumb injury, Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) is officially inactive for the game.

ESPN first reported the news.

Signs indicated it would be an uphill climb for Garoppolo to play this week while dealing with a shoulder injury. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Sunday morning that Garoppolo needed a shot last week to practice and was limited to about 100 passes per day. The typical game day load is upwards of two passes.

Brissett is dealing with a thumb injury suffered in last week's win over the Houston Texans. The rookie was listed as questionable after being limited all week. We'll see how much the Patriots allow Brissett to throw Sunday against Rex Ryan's defense. Surgery is a possibility for Brissett's sprained thumb down the road, Rapoport reported.

With Brissett under center, LeGarrette Blount will see plenty of touches. Entering Week 4, Blount leads the NFL in carries (75), rushing yards (298) and tied for most rushing TDs (4). Blount didn't record his 75th carry last season until his seventh game last season.

After two weeks of uncertainty under center, the Patriots will welcome back Tom Brady in Week 5.

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