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Patriots QB Bailey Zappe heading toward first career start Sunday vs. Lions – Boston Herald


FOXBORO — Three quarterbacks threw passes at Patriots practice Wednesday.

One limped from warmups to his first drill. The other re-introduced himself to teammates earlier that morning. The third took the field fresh off going toe to toe with Aaron Rodgers and had no trouble walking or identifying his receivers.

That quarterback, Bailey Zappe, now appears headed for his first career start.

On Wednesday, Mac Jones was listed as limited on the team’s injury report, but was visibly bothered by his high ankle sprain at practice. According to the NFL Network, Jones’ ankle remains fairly unstable.

Veteran backup Brian Hoyer missed practice all together with the concussion he suffered at Green Bay. In Hoyer’s absence, the Patriots returned journeyman passer Garrett Gilbert to their practice squad, where Gilbert also spent most of last season. Bill Belichick explained the move with four words Wednesday.

“Start with he’s available,” Belichick said flatly.


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