Bailey Zappe Patriots Aug 26, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe (4) warms up before a preseason game against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Patriots came into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers without starting quarterback Mac Jones due to an ankle injury.

Veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer started the game for New England. But an unfortunate injury forced the Patriots to turn to the third quarterback on their depth chart.

Hoyer suffered the injury in the first quarter of the game when he was sacked by Packers linebacker Rashaun Gary. He appeared to take a foot to his head in the process.

The veteran quarterback was immediately taken to the blue medical tent and was seen heading back to the locker room for further evaluation.

Hoyer was later ruled out for the rest of the game by the Patriots

That is certainly a significant blow considering how thin the Patriots are becoming at the quarterback position. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, a Houston Baptist Huskies/Western Kentucky Hilltoppers alum, entered the game in Hoyer’s place following the injury. That’s certainly not an ideal situation for him to be put into with minimal preparation for his debut.

While many do not know about Zappe’s story, he came to New England as one of the most prolific collegiate quarterbacks in recent memory.

Zappe broke the NCAA record for both passing yards and passing touchdowns in a season in 2021 while playing at Western Kentucky.

While this isn’t any indication that he is ready for NFL competition, he certainly comes with a reputation as a solid quarterback at the college level.

New England will hope that Zappe (seen above in an August preseason game) is able to complete the game, considering he is the last healthy quarterback on their active roster.

If he were to get hurt at any point in Sunday’s game, they would truly be in desperation mode and would need to put in an emergency replacement quarterback for the rest of the game.

[New England Patriots; photo from Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA Today Sports]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.