Brissett did not throw any TD passes or picks during that span, but the 2016 third-rounder did gain some valuable experience when thrust into action after fellow signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo (who had been filling in for the suspended Tom Brady) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Brissett subsequently missed time after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in October but was eventually activated off IR by the Patriots in December in order to reprise his depth QB duties.
Brissett, who was placed on IR on Oct. 7, returns to the team's depth QB mix, where he'll slot behind starter Tom Brady and No. 2 signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo. Prior to landing on IR, Brissett played in three games and started two of them in the wake of Brady's suspension to open the season and a shoulder injury that Garoppolo sustained in Week 2.
Brissett has been sidelined since early October after requiring surgery on his right thumb, but with the digit fully healed, it appears he's ready to log full-contact reps in practices. The rookie quarterback previously logged two starts earlier in the season when Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension and Jimmy Garoppolo was was nursing a right shoulder injury, but with both signal callers available, Brissett will check in at third on the Patriots' depth chart.
Brissett, who underwent surgery on his right thumb in October, practiced Wednesday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
The QB -- who drew two starts earlier this season -- has had his status officially changed to IR-designated to return and Brissett can now practice for up to 21 days without counting on the Patriots' 53-man roster. Assuming he is added to the team's roster down the road, Brissett will give the team added stretch run/postseason depth at QB behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Brissett helped fill in at QB for the Patriots while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension to start the season, but now that Brady is back with the team, Brissett is slated to have his troublesome right thumb surgically repaired. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) is slated to serve as the team's No. 2 QB while Brissett recovers. While landing on IR is obviously a less than ideal outcome for Brissett in his rookie season, the 2016 third-rounder did unexpectedly see some valuable on-the-job training after Garoppolo was injured in Week 2.
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