Patriots’ fans were greeted with a hungry Jimmy Garoppolo on Sunday afternoon in Foxboro. Jimmy G. was coming off a spectacular win at Arizona and he was looking for another win at home against the division rival, Miami Dolphins.

In New England’s first three possessions, Jimmy marched down the field for three touchdowns. That is impressive. Before the hit by Kiko Alonso, which knocked Jimmy out of the game, he went 18 for 27 for 234 yards and three touchdowns. This quarterback was on his way to doing big things on offense.

At first glance, Jimmy’s injury did not look good. All the social media “doctors” speculated that he suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder and a separated shoulder. (I, too, thought it was a broken collarbone.) Sources now say that Jimmy suffered a sprained right AC (acromioclavicular) joint, the joint at the top of the shoulder. He is being assessed day-to-day. The Monday injury report listed Jimmy with a right shoulder injury and indicated he did not practice.

With Tom Brady’s suspension half over, the Patriots face a short-term problem. There are two home games left before Brady’s return, Thursday night against the Texans, then a ten-day rest before another division rival comes to town, the Bills.

From all the recent reports, it sounds as though Jacoby Brissett will be the starting quarterback on Thursday night. The Patriots are hopeful that Jimmy will return in week 4.

If Jimmy G. does not end up playing in week 4, he will likely continue to be Tom Brady’s back-up, at least until he becomes a free agent after the 2017 season. At that point, Jimmy could get a huge contract and a starting job with another team. That is, if another team is willing to dole out the dough for Jimmy based on two to three regular season games. Granted, he was terrific in those games, but will another team take that chance?

For now, the Patriots only decision is whether or not Jimmy G. is ready to go this week and/or next week. Danny Amendola spoke to the media Monday afternoon, “(Garoppolo) is a competitor, so he’ll do whatever he can around the clock to get ready for this week and whenever he’s going to play next. He’s a tough kid, and he’s Italian, so I don’t count him out.” Otherwise, it is next man up!