The New England Patriots could be looking for yet another quarterback — or two — after third-stringer Jacoby Brissett injured his right thumb in Thursday night's victory over the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium.
Brissett was shown on the sidelines with the training staff having the thumb examined after 325-pound Texans defensive lineman Vince Wilfork landed on him in the third quarter of New England's 27-0 win. Brissett finished the game, completing 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards, and he also ran in a 27-yard touchdown.
After the game, Brissett did not seem to be favoring his hand at all, shaking hands with his right when other players came up to congratulate him for the victory in his first NFL start. He spoke at his locker afterward without any bandage or ice on the hand.
New England improved to 3-0 while four-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady is serving his four-game "Deflategate" suspension. Jimmy Garoppolo started the first two games but left with a right shoulder injury after being slammed to the turf by Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso in Week 2.
With just four days between games, the Patriots did not have a backup for Brissett on the depth chart on Thursday night. Receiver Julian Edelman, who played quarterback at Kent State, was expected to be available if anything happened to the rookie third-round pick. The team now has 10 days before playing Buffalo on Oct. 2 to bring in a free agent if one is needed.
Marshall 'disgusted': Brandon Marshall took advantage of the rare opportunity to sit down, relax and watch an NFL football game Thursday night. It didn't take long for the Jets wide receiver to change the channel as the Patriots and Brissett rolled over the Houston Texans.
"I had to turn it off," Marshall said Friday, shaking his head while keeping a straight face. "It was disgusting."
"Coach (Bill) Belichick's really good," Marshall said with a big smile. "He's really good. Obviously, they're in our division. Just being honest and truthful, they're in our division and so you're watching and seeing what's going on, and I just thought, more so on the Houston Texans side, they've got a lot of good guys and a lot of good coaches and I'm familiar with a lot of those guys, so I expected them to come out strong."
Marshall, who's questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City with knee and foot ailments, said the Jets "control our own destiny" and aren't concerned about what other teams are doing, in their division or elsewhere.
Giant moves: Bobby Hart and Will Beatty, from UConn, figure to be the candidates to fill in at right tackle for the Giants in their game Sunday at Washington. Marshall Newhouse went down in the fourth quarter against New Orleans last Sunday with a strained calf. ...
Adrian Peterson was placed on injured reserve by the Vikings, another sign that his time with the team could be over following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. ... Cornerback Joe Haden didn't participate in the Browns' walk-through practice Friday because of a groin injury. He's listed as questionable for Sunday, when the Browns (0-2) will visit the Miami Dolphins (0-2). Coach Hue Jackson downplayed the injury and spoke as if Haden, a Pro Bowl selection in 2013 and 2014, would be able to play this weekend. ... The Lions have decided defensive end Ezekiel Ansah will not play against the Packers because of an injured left ankle. ... The Buccaneers waived tight end Austin-Seferian Jenkins on Friday, hours after the third-year pro was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence. ... The Rams, who play at Tampa Bay Sunday, have waived cornerback Steve Williams and promoted defensive back Isaiah Johnson from their practice squad. ... Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (sprained right thumb) is doubtful and top receiver Alshon Jeffery (knee soreness) is questionable for Sunday's game at Dallas. ... Dolphins running back Arian Foster has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Cleveland because of a groin injury. Foster's absence means second-year pro Jay Ajayi will likely make his first NFL start. ... Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins (foot soreness) is unlikely to play against the Cardinals on Sunday. ... Titans tight end Delanie Walker is questionable for Sunday's game with the Raiders after being held out of practice Friday with a sore hamstring. ... The Jaguars will be without starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum (concussion) against Baltimore on Sunday. ... Panthers coach Ron Rivera says running back Cameron Artis-Payne will start Sunday against the Vikings. However, Rivera says he expects Artis-Payne to split carries almost equally with Fozzy Whittaker, who had 100 yards rushing on 16 carries last week in a 47-26 win against the San Francisco 49ers. The Panthers will be without running back Jonathan Stewart (hamstring) for at least a few weeks.