Breaking: @FitzyGFY is hearing Jarett Stidham may be out for the “foreseeable future” with an injury.
— The Greg Hill Show (@TheGregHillShow) August 21, 2020
Patriots’ QB Jarrett Stidham was taken to a local hospital on Thursday for precautionary tests on his upper leg that came back negative, per league sources. Stidham returned to the team this morning and went through practice Friday, though with a lighter load than usual.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 21, 2020
From Inside Training Camp Live: #Patriots QB Jarrett Stidham is dealing with a hip injury that won’t be 100% for a few weeks… though he is fighting to play through it, anyway. pic.twitter.com/GcOIYtmmgH
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 21, 2020
So it came out this morning that Jarrett Stidham suffered an injury, the extent of which is anyone’s guess, but it was serious enough for the team to take him to the hospital.
I guess this eliminates the need for a blog I had started writing yesterday morning: Would the Patriots Ever Really Run Multiple QBs in the Regular Season? Someone asked Belichick if he would consider the option since all three QBs were splitting reps pretty evenly until yesterday. And I don’t mean play multiple QBs when Hoyer starts the first 3 games and throws 9 interceptions and gets benched. I’m talking about a college style offense where Stidham plays 20 snaps and then Josh McDaniels sends Cam Newton in with his own package of plays. You know the old saying, if you have two quarterbacks you have none. It’s an old saying because it’s true.
Well it would seem like thats out the window now if Stidham is in fact injured. Unless Cam is an absolute bonehead and can’t pick up any of the playbook, which he’s not, then there’s no reason to start Brian Hoyer over a former MVP. I’ll roll the dice with a former MVP every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Sorry Brian, you definitely got a raw deal here but those are the facts.
Granted the Patriots don’t every say anything about anything, but the team is already downplaying the significance of Stidham’s injury.
Patriots OC Josh McDaniels says of Jarrett Stidham: “I’m pretty sure he’ll be ready to roll the next time we practice.” https://t.co/lN13oHWXkQ
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 21, 2020
Who knows whats true and whats not, but I do know that you don’t go to the hospital unless something is seriously wrong. This isn’t the UFC where guys go to the hospital as a post fight routine. So something was hurting him enough that the team thought a visit to the hospital was warranted. Either way, this conveniently wraps up the QB “competition” before it ever really heated up. There were reports of Newton starting to take over more of the first team reps while Stidham had been having an atrocious week throwing multiple picks. So this makes it that much easier for Belichick to give the job to Newton while the team quietly reassesses what it has with Stidham and makes a long term decision at the QB position.
But for right now, it’s HAM Newton time.
— NFL (@NFL) August 17, 2020