The New England Patriots listed starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on their Wednesday injury report as doubtful for their Thursday Night Football game against the Houston Texans. Garoppolo sprained the AC joint in his shoulder during the Pats' Week 2 win over the Miami Dolphins.
He was initially expected to be out multiple weeks, but it was reported that the Patriots had yet to rule him out for Thursday earlier this week. Now that he's listed as doubtful, he should be considered unlikely to play.
The NFL changed its injury report designations this season, eliminating the "Probable" designation (95 percent of probable players had suited up that week in recent years, per an analysis from ESPN) and moving to a system where players are now listed as out (will not play), doubtful (unlikely the player will participate), or questionable (uncertain as to whether the player will play in the game).
In Garoppolo's likely absence, third-round rookie Jacoby Brissett will get the start. He completed six of nine passes for 92 yards in relief of Garoppolo last week, but has obviously not yet prepared for an NFL game as the starter. His first career start comes on short rest.
He'll be backed up by emergency quarterback Julian Edelman, who was a quarterback at Kent State before transitioning to wide receiver after being selected by the Patriots in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. Edelman has thrown one pass in his NFL career, a 51-yard touchdown to Wes Welker during the Patriots' divisional round win over the Baltimore Ravens during the 2015 playoffs (2014 season). He has a passer rating of 158.3, one of six people with a perfect playoff passer rating.