Patriots Reportedly Work Out T.J. Yates, Sean Renfree, Don’t Sign Either QB

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As many assumed they would at some point, the New England Patriots reportedly brought in two free-agent quarterbacks for workouts Tuesday.

The Patriots worked out former Houston Texans quarterback T.J. Yates and former Atlanta Falcons backup Sean Renfree, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Both, however, left without contracts, per Schefter’s sources.

Adam Kaufman of WBZ Radio and 98.5 The Sports Hub was the first to report Yates’ visit.

Quarterback is a major question mark this week for the Patriots, who are preparing to host the Texans on “Thursday Night Football.”

Jimmy Garoppolo’s status remains unclear after he injured his shoulder during Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins. If Garoppolo is unable to go, starting duties would fall to rookie Jacoby Brissett, who made his NFL debut Sunday in relief.

Garoppolo was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday’s Patriots walk-through.

It’s unlikely New England would enter a game with only one available quarterback — though, as head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels both pointed out Monday, that has happened before in the NFL — so the team’s decision not to sign either Yates or Renfree might bode well for Garoppolo’s health.

Thumbnail photo via Ray Carlin/USA TODAY Sports Images

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