FOXBORO -- It was expected that Jimmy Garoppolo's availability Sunday would be a true "game-time" decision, but the decision actually came about 2 1/2 hours before kickoff.
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According to a source, the Patriots will start Jacoby Brissett at quarterback against the Bills. Garoppolo will be inactive.
The hope was that Garoppolo, listed as questionable on Fridays injury report, would have been ready to go. But he is just two weeks removed from the Grade 2 AC separation he suffered against the Dolphins, an injury which has a two-to-four week recovery time.
The only time the media saw Garoppolo throw this week was Wednesday when he soft-tossed some short throws and arced a few mid-range throws but didn't show any ability to throw with velocity.
On both Thursday and Friday, the media was hustled away before Garoppolo threw any passes.
CSN New England's Mike Giardi has been on top of Garoppolo's status throughout the week and reported this morning that there is still some pain to conquer.
Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.
Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.
The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.
More to come...
Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment.
Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".
Click here to listen and see how he did.