Brian Hoyer

For Brian Hoyer, trading places with Jimmy Garoppolo worked out just fine

For Brian Hoyer, trading places with Jimmy Garoppolo worked out just fine

How bad was Tom Brady’s right thumb injury before the AFC championship game Jan. 21? Well, Brian Hoyer drove to Gillette Stadium that morning thinking there was a chance he would need to play.

Brady managed to do fine with 12 stitches between the thumb and palm of his hand, and they since have been removed. But former Bears quarterback is poised and ready as the No. 2 for Super Bowl LII on Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium.

It has been a wild ride for Hoyer, who recalled a 15-minute pregame chat with longtime friend Nick Foles before the 49ers faced the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field back on Oct. 29. Hoyer had lost his starting job in San Francisco to rookie C.J. Beathard, and...

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