Jimmy Garoppolo spoke with the media on Wednesday. (WEEI.com photo)
FOXBORO — In his first session with the media since he suffered a shoulder injury in a win over the Dolphins earlier this month, Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo said he didn’t feel pressured to get back on the field last week to face the Bills.
Speaking with the media at his locker for just over four minutes, the quarterback — who didn’t appear to have a sling or a wrap on his throwing shoulder — gave a quick “no” when he was asked about the report that he felt pressure from the team to return to the field. In a roundabout way, he also confirmed the reported injury in his throwing shoulder.
Asked about the injury and whether he’s played with an injury previously, he said he “never had an AC sprain or anything like that. This will be the first.”
He added: “I thought that the wind just got knocked out of me at first. But I don’t know. It escalated from there, I guess.”
He sounded an optimistic note when it came to his rehab.
“It’s coming along. Day-by-day right now, trying to get to the best of my ability on Sunday,” he said. “Just trying to get better every day, That’s all that you can ask for with this. … We’re just taking it day-by-day really.”
Garoppolo was asked if it was “frustrating” not playing last week against the Texans.
“It was different, that’s for sure. I’ve never really been in that situation,” he said. “Not the funnest thing. But it is what it is, I guess.”
Garoppolo has been out of sight since the injury against the Dolphins. He was seen at practice on Tuesday, but since the injury, it’s been a unique situation for him. He said that he doesn’t want to commit to a timeline.
“It’s been different. It really is,” he smiled. “All you really can do is get better.”
“I know it sounds very rhetorical. But all you can do is get better day-by-day and take it one day at a time. If you start looking ahead, it’s hard to predict what you’re going to feel like in three or four days.”
Despite the fact that Tom Brady is set to return following this Sunday’s game against the Bills, Garoppolo said there’s no more urgency than usual to get back on the field.
“You always want to be out there. That’s part of football. Part of being a competitor,” he said. “You want to be the guy out there and be the guy who is running the show.”
Garoppolo also acknowledged that he has to be “smarter” when he slips out of the pocket. On the play where he got hurt, the quarterback was dumped on his shoulder by Miami linebacker Kiko Alonso, causing the injury.
“It was kind of one of those plays … it’s football. Stuff is going to happen like that. You just have to be smart in those situations,” he said. “It’s just one of those things, when you’re in the heat of the game, bottom line: I have to be smarter than that.”
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