FOXBORO -- It's unclear as to whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo will be in uniform on Thursday night, but Bill Belichick made it sound as though the third-year quarterback be at Tuesday's practice.
"Everybody's here," Belichick said when asked if he expected Garoppolo to practice. "Yeah."
Garoppolo was forced from Sunday's win over the Dolphins due to a shoulder injury he suffered after throwing three touchdown passes through the first 26 minutes of play. The Patriots did not practice on Monday, but they did release an injury report that estimated the participation level of injured players. Garoppolo was listed as "did not participate."
Belichick explained that the team would have a better idea of Garoppolo's availability for Thursday following Tuesday's workout, which is expected to be similar to a walkthrough.
"We'll go out and see how it is today," Belichick said, "then we'll file an injury report after practice based on how it goes today."
Asked if the Patriots planned to work out any quarterbacks before their game with the Texans, and if it was realistic to bring in a quarterback at this point in the week to have him ready for Thursday night, Belichick paused.
"Certainly been done before," he said.
The Patriots worked out eight players on Monday, none of whom were quarterbacks. Tuesday's practice is scheduled to begin around 2 p.m.
The following are some other notable quotes from Belichick's latest press conference . . .
On rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett: "Jacoby's done a good job for us. He's improved every day. He's a hard-working kid, he's in here early, stays late, studies the game . . . good physical talent. He's improved steadily since he's been here after the draft in May all the way through."
On if Julian Edelman could back up Brissett if the need arose: "I don't know. . . He hasn't played it in this league . . . He's thrown it in practice . . . I don't know."
On if he's been pleased with the production he's received from Garoppolo and Brissett thus far this season: "It doesn't really matter what's happened. What we're worried about is this week against Houston. That's really all that matters. Some other year, some other game, what difference does it make? Just getting ready for this game."
On if a quarterback could be a game-time decision given the amount of game-planning that is dependent on the player at that spot: "Yeah, sure. It would depend on the situation, depend on a lot of things. It's possible. Sure."