The Patriots ended the suspense, announcing on Twitter that Jimmy Garoppolo would be inactive for the game, making Jacoby Brissett the de facto starter despite an injured thumb.
#BUFvsNE pic.twitter.com/tgx5S5rjC6 In the last week of Tom Brady’s four-game suspension, it’s a safe bet that Brissett, a rookie who helped the Patriots beat the Houston Texans last week, will mostly be handing the ball off to LeGarrette Blount and watching as the big running back crashes headfirst into the Buffalo front-seven.
■ The Panthers will try to allay fears that they are falling apart in the wake of their Super Bowl loss last year.
Should the team drop to 1-3, the world may not see Cam Newton’s smile for quite some time.
The inactives for the week also include Jonathan Stewart of the Panthers (hamstring), Sammy Watkins of the Bills (foot), Eric Decker of the Jets (shoulder), and J.J.