New England Patriots to look for fourth-string quarterback following injury to Jacoby Brissett

Despite the injuries to their cornerstone player the Patriots are enjoying a good start to the season

BY Sinéad Farrell 11:26 Saturday 24 September 2016, 11:26 24 Sep 2016

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The New England Patriots could find themselves delving into fourth-string quarterback territory, following a thumb injury which has felled Jacoby Brissett.

Brissett sustained the injury to his right thumb during Thursday night's win over the Houstan Texans, with several fans now calling for Julian Edelman to be dispatched as emergency cover instead of signing someone new.

In the absence of their resident quaterback Tom Brady who is currently serving a suspension, the Pats have been forced to draw from their reinforcements until Brady is eligible for selection again after Deflategate.

But the injuries have yet to cause an adverse impact as they lead the American Football Conference on 3-0.

Jimmy Garoppolo was shaping up to be an adequate replacement after week 1 but a shoulder injury in the next game against the Dolphins has temporarily sidelined him. Brissett was drafted in this week and completed 11 of 19 passes for 103 yards and rushed for a 27-yard touchdown in the 27-0 win on Thursday.

Their next fixture is against Buffalo Bills on October 2nd.

Meanwhile, the calls for Edelman to get the call-up are rife on social media:

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