ESPN: Brissett to start against Bills, Garoppolo still inactive

New England Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) passes against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL football game Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (WPRI) – Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett will start today’s game against the Buffalo Bills, according to ESPN.

Brissett started in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo in the Patriots’ September 22 shutout win against the Houston Texans but injured the thumb on his right hand and had been listed as questionable for today’s game. He was 11 of 19 for 103 passing yards against the Texans, and added a touchdown run of his own.

Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder after a hit the previous week and has been out since then.

Tom Brady will serve the final game of his four-game suspension Sunday and will return to the active roster on Monday.

Meanwhile, with both backups hurt, receiver Julian Edelman is expected to again stand in as the emergency backup.