FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick thought all three quarterbacks would play against the Bears in his team's second preseason game, but in the end only two did.
The Patriots coach told Scott Zolak of 98.5 The Sports Hub on Thursday that Tom Brady, Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett would all see action, but later in the day, before kickoff, he opted to keep Brady off the field.
"I made a decision before the game," Belichick said, "to just play Jimmy and Jacoby."
That decision was made, in all likelihood, with the knowledge that Brady had sliced his thumb open as he tried to dislodged something from the bottom of one of his cleats with a pair of scissors, as our Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported. Brady was expected to start after having missed the preseason opener to attend a memorial service.
With more snaps to work with, Garoppolo ended up going 16-for-21 passing with 181 yards and a touchdown. Belichick said after the game that Garoppolo handled the unexpected nod to begin the game.
"That's part of football. Things happen that are unexpected. He's been prepared for that from the day he got here. I think all our players are. Sometimes things happen and they change, and you have to adjust to them. On offense, for quarterbacks, we refer to that as an audible."