FOXBORO — All is proceeding as normal with Jacoby Brissett.
The quarterback who led the Patriots to a 27-0 win over the Texans on Sept. 22 said his injured right thumb is not preventing him from preparing for the Bills
“Feeling fine,” Brissett said Wednesday.
So the thumb’s OK?
“Yup,” said Brissett, who said it felt good to throw the football again on Tuesday at practice.
Asked if the thumb was “100 percent,” Brissett hedged just a bit.
“C’mon, you know we’re not talking about injuries here,” he said.
He practiced Tuesday with a wrap on the thumb. He wasn’t sure if that would continue throughout the week.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m trying to see how I feel going out there but whatever it is, you’ve just got to deal with it and go out there and have a good day of preparation.”
Brissett also admitted that he has to take into account the thumb when gripping the ball to throw.
“It’s just something I deal with. Whatever happens, just happens. And whatever coach wants me to do, I’ll do,” Brissett said. “Played with it. It’s fine. Didn’t think about it. That’s the main thing, just not think about it.”
Asked if he’s been cleared to start Sunday if needed, Brissett deferred to Bill Belichick.
If it’s not him, it is likely Jimmy Garoppolo, who spoke just after Brissett finished his two-minute chat with reporters.
“It was good to have one of your friends on your team out there,” Brissett said of Garoppolo at practice on Tuesday. “It was good to get him back out there.”
“That’s coach’s decision. I can’t make that decision,” Brissett said. “I’m just focused on the game plan. You know, we have a tough game this weekend. You just got to go out there and prepare. We’ve got a good plan. We’re going against a good team coming off a big win. So, we’ve got to go out there and do our job.”
Brissett said the 27-0 win over the Bills was big for his confidence but he has long since moved onto Buffalo.
“It was huge but the Bills pose a different threat,” Brissett said. “They’re coming off a big win. We’ve got to come out there, ready to play.”