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Source: Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) considered day-to-day, status vs. Bills unknown 09.26.16 at 3:06 pm ET
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Jimmy Garoppolo

Jimmy Garoppolo

For the second straight week, there is some uncertainly at the Patriots quarterback position.

According to a source, Jimmy Garoppolo (sprained AC joint in his right shoulder) is still considered day-to-day and has not yet been ruled out from playing Sunday against the Bills. The team needs to see how Garoppolo responds in practice this week before it can make a determination on his status for Sunday.

Last week the quarterback was limited in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, but was inactive for the game Thursday against the Texans. Garoppolo suffered a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder against the Dolphins in Week 2. CSNNE’s Tom E. Curran reported it was a Grade 2 sprain, which generally takes 2-4 weeks to recover from. Sunday against the Bills would mark exactly two weeks.

The Patriots’ third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett suffered an injury to his right thumb in Thursday’s win over the Texans and his status for Sunday remains uncertain.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media on Monday morning, the Patriots didn’t plan on bringing in another quarterback because they were confident in the availability of either Garoppolo and Brissett.

As was the case last week, the Patriots starting quarterback might not be known until just a few hours before kickoff.

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Report: Patriots to release DT Anthony Johnson, which opens up roster spot potentially for QB 09.26.16 at 2:33 pm ET
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Anthony Johnson reportedly will be released by the Patriots on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony Johnson reportedly will be released by the Patriots on Monday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Could the Patriots be adding a quarterback after all?

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots are releasing defensive tackle Anthony Johnson. Johnson still has practice squad eligibility and the team has an open spot there, so if he clears waivers he could stay with the team.

This opens up a roster spot, which could potentially be for a quarterback as the team does not know if either Jimmy Garoppolo or Jacoby Brissett will be ready for Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Garoppolo is dealing with a reported sprained AC joint in his right shoulder, while Brissett has a thumb injury suffered in last Thursday’s game against the Texans.

Johnson had a great training camp and preseason to earn one of the final 53-man roster spots, but hasn’t been as disruptive over the first three games of the regular season as he has just four tackles.

The Patriots could use the open roster spot for a quarterback. The team reportedly had T.J. Yates and Sean Renfree in for workouts last week, but did not sign either.

If they in fact were interested in Yates, he would need to be added to the active roster as he doesn’t have practice squad eligibility.

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Julian Edelman on OM&F: ‘Any time you get a win in this league it feels unbelievable’ 09.26.16 at 12:01 pm ET
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Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman

Julian Edelman checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to discuss the Patriots’ 27-0 over the Texans last Thursday and also to look ahead to this Sunday’s game against the Bills To hear the interview, go to the Ordway, Merloni & Fauria audio on demand page.

The Patriots were able to blowout the Texans Thursday night with rookie third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way. Edelman said any time the team wins a game it feels good, no matter what the circumstances are.

“Any time you get a win in this league it feels unbelievable,” Edelman said. “When you’re down a player with a guy hurt, or a guy is not playing who is a big-time player and you scrap and get a win, that’s just showing the mental toughness of a team. Of course it’s good, but winning any game in this league — it doesn’t matter who is there or who is not there — it’s so satisfying because you put so much time and effort into that one game. It’s not like other sports where you can take off five games and you can take off a game here and there, every game matters in the National Football League. Regardless of the situation, it’s always fun and the team is excited to get a win.

“On the other note, you have to move on because there’s only 16 games. It’s fun for those couple hours and that day or so and the long weekend because of the baby bye weekend, but you have to move on and we have a division game staring us right in the face against a team that got a big time win over a good opponent last week. It’s fun, but you have to get back to work.”

Edelman gave credit to the coaching staff for getting everyone to buy in and also talked about how the winning attitude is apparent throughout the organization.

“We have a coaching staff that works its tails off and what they are really good at is taking the players they have and using their strengths and going out and being able to call a game,” he said. “I’ll tell you right now, it’s not just the coaching staff, it’s also the players and the guys buying in. It’s the attitudes of everyone — the equipment guys, the people that are cooking for us — it’s just like a good attitude right now. That’s what winning does. It gets that whole complementary style and it’s what we’re trying to do.”

Following are more highlights from the conversation. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Rex Ryan wasting no time talking Patriots: ‘If [Bill] Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him’ 09.25.16 at 7:09 pm ET
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Rex Ryan is already talking about the Patrioys. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Rex Ryan is already talking about the Patriots. (Timothy T. Ludwig/USA Today Sports)

Moments after the Bills picked up their first win of the season — 33-18 over the Cardinals on Sunday in Buffalo — Rex Ryan was already bringing up their next opponent in the Patriots.

New England will host Buffalo next Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium as the Patriots will enter 3-0 with the Bills 1-2.

The biggest question mark going into the game will be who plays quarterback for the Patriots?

Tom Brady is suspended, while Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett are battling injuries. Ryan doesn’t care who plays quarterback, as he believes his team will have an advantage since Brady won’t be active.

“Hey, you know, I can sit back and say I don’t care who plays quarterback because I know Brady ain’t,” Ryan told reporters. “I don’t care who plays quarterback. Steve Grogan can play quarterback. If Belichick’s playing quarterback, we’re coming after him. I promise you that.”

Ryan also brought up the Patriots when discussing Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s mobility.

“I know how difficult it is to defend against a running quarterback,” Ryan said. “We have to be ready in case [Julian] Edelman is at quarterback, right? I have a funny feeling he isn’t going to be Brady back there.”

The Bills have lost 28 of the last 31 meetings with the Patriots, with one of the wins being the last regular season game in 2014 when it had no barring on the playoffs for the Patriots and they rested many of their starters.

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Tom Brady travels to Italy with wife Gisele Bundchen as Deflategate suspension nears end 09.24.16 at 1:47 pm ET
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With just over a week left in his Deflategate suspension, Tom Brady has got out of the country.

TMZ obtained pictures of Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen at a restaurant on the island Capri in Italy called Aurora Friday night.

Brady can return to the Gillette Stadium facility a week from Monday — October 3. Last weekend, the quarterback and his son Jack went to the University of Michigan where Brady was the honorary captain.

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Bill Belichick extremely proud of Patriots following 27-0 win: ‘That’s everything we wanted to do’ 09.23.16 at 7:13 pm ET
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Bill Belichick was very proud of his team Thursday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

Bill Belichick was very proud of his team Thursday night. (Greg M. Cooper/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — It was an exciting Patriots locker room following their 27-0 win over the Texans on Thursday night with rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett leading the way.

Here’s the video from inside the Patriots locker room courtesy of Patriots.com.

Owner Robert Kraft was one of the first to congratulate Brissett.

“That was awesome,” Kraft said. “That was great. Very proud. You stayed cool.”

With the short week, Bill Belichick was proud of his team and the mental toughness they showed.

“Congrats men. I’ll tell you what, that’s everything we wanted to do, you did it — 60 minutes,” Belichick said. “Showed a lot of mental toughness. A lot of discipline just keep doing it over and over again. We talked about that running game breaking open in the fourth quarter — that was a hell of a run LG [LeGarrette Blount]. Great job. Defense, you can’t do any better than that. No points. Big plays in the kicking game.

“We got another one. Where is [Jacoby Brissett]?”

Belichick then handed the game ball to the rookie quarterback and then asked for assistant quarterbacks coach Jerry Schuplinski, who has worked extensively with Brissett since training camp.

“Where’s Jerry? Great job,” Belichick said.

Lastly, before the team broke down its huddle, captain Matthew Slater said, “How do we feel about being 3-0 when they said we couldn’t go 3-0?”

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Malcolm Butler, Patriots defense used Week 2 against Miami as motivation vs. Texans 09.23.16 at 4:57 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler and the Patriots defense performed much better Thursday night against Houston. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

Malcolm Butler and the Patriots defense performed much better Thursday night against Houston. (Winslow Townson/USA Today Sports)

FOXBORO — The first two weeks of the season didn’t go well for the Patriots defense, particularly in the secondary.

The Patriots entered Week 3 24th in the league in terms of total defense and 27th in terms of passing defense, but they responded in a big way by shutting out the Texans, 27-0 Thursday night at Gillette Stadium.

Cornerback Malcolm Butler acknowledged the secondary used the previous week as motivation against Houston.

“Most definitely. Finish the game,” Butler said.

“Finish the game” was referring to the second half against Miami when they allowed 21 points (24 unanswered going back to the end of the first half), 310 total yards, 16 first downs and allowed Ryan Tannehill to go 22-for-27 with 273 yards and two touchdowns.

New England saw a 31-3 lead get all the way to 31-24, before a last second Duron Harmon interception in the end zone saved the game.

“That’s just the theme here. You always have to finish,” Butler said. “You don’t want to end the game like that. You don’t want to blow a big lead like that. We carried that motivated to this week and it turned out alright.”

Personally, Butler had one of his worst games as a professional as Jarvis Landry had 10 catches for 135 yards in Week 2. The third-year cornerback responded by having his best game of the year limiting rookie Will Fuller to just three catches for 31 yards.

“The standards are high around here,” he said. “It’s most definitely high for myself. That’s how I look forward to play. Long season. Anything can change in a matter of seconds. Just got to keep working, enjoy the win and keep moving.”

Butler and the Patriots will get a few extra days rest before hosting the Bills on October 2 at Gillette Stadium.

“It feels good to get a little rest,” Butler said. “Going to need it. You have to come back in here next week and be ready to go. We have a division game next week.”

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