Reports: Jacoby Brissett Has Torn Thumb Ligament; Does QB Need Surgery?


Jacoby Brissett led the New England Patriots to a win in his first NFL start, but he did not leave the game unscathed.

Brissett tore a ligament in his right thumb during the second half of the Patriots’ 27-0 win over the Houston Texans on Thursday night, a source told’s Mike Petraglia on Friday.

The rookie quarterback now “faces likely surgery for stabilization,” per Petraglia’s source.

Brissett’s reported injury is the second suffered by a Patriots quarterback in two weeks. Jimmy Garoppolo, who started New England’s first two games in place of suspended Tom Brady, went down with a shoulder injury during Sunday’s win over the Miami Dolphins and missed Thursday’s game as a result.

Brissett, New England’s only healthy quarterback against Houston, completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards and also carried the ball eight times for 48 yards, including a 27-yard touchdown run.

Garoppolo’s status for next Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills remains to be seen. Brady is eligible to return the following Sunday, when the Patriots visit the Cleveland Browns in Week 5.

UPDATE (2:58 p.m. ET): Ian Rapoport of NFL Media offered additional details about Brissett’s injury, citing a source who said “it is not deemed to be a serious one.”

UPDATE (3:06 p.m.): The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin confirmed Petraglia’s report. According to Volin’s source, Brissett suffered the injury when Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, a former Patriot, landed on him during a third-quarter rushing attempt.

UPDATE (4:08 p.m.): Volin cited a source close to the QB in reporting Brissett doesn’t need surgery.

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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