The New England Patriots have released quarterback Matt Flynn and signed quarterback Ryan Lindley. Flynn opened camp on the non-football injury list with a hamstring injury. However, he has yet to return from the injury and with the first preseason game only four days away, the Patriots needed to make a move.
Lindley has started thirteen career games in the NFL, including a postseason game last season in which his Arizona Cardinals totaled a playoff record low 77 total yards in the loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Even if Tom Brady were to play in Thursday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, which I highly doubt will happen, the team would then be down to just he and Jimmy Garoppolo. With Lindley now a member of the team, we will most likely see Brady dress, but not play, Garoppolo start and play the majority of the game, if not the entirety of it, and Lindley dressed as an emergency option if something were to happen to Garoppolo.
Mike Reiss did report that it is possible that Flynn is brought back once he is healthy.
UPDATE: NFL Network has reported that the Chicago Bears have traded guard Ryan Groy to the Patriots. Groy started three games last season for Chicago. Groy is most likely just a backup plan or being brought in to provide competition for rookies Tre Jackson and Shaq Mason as it has been reported that both guards, especially Jackson, have looked good in camp.
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