Patriots compelled to play third-string QB Bailey Zappe after Brian Hoyer harm

Luck is not on the Patriots’ side right now.

New England suffered another injury to its quarterback group with second-string signal-caller Brian Hoyer being ruled out with a head injury after being sacked by Rashan Gary during Sunday’s game against the Packers, the team announced.

Starter Mac Jones is already out with an ankle spra in, so rookie and third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe is next on deck.

Hoyer played two drives on Sunday and went 5-for-6 with 37 yards. The veteran also put New England in position for a field goal in the first quarter.

Zappe, a fourth-round selection by the Patriots during the 2022 NFL Draft, played for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and set single-season NCAA records in both touchdowns and passing yards.

Patriots quarterback Bailey Zappe runs from Packers linebacker Rashan Gary during the first half on Oct. 2, 2022.
Rashan Gary #52 of the Green Bay Packers sacks Brian Hoyer #5 of the New England Patriots during the first quarter at Lambeau Field on October 02, 2022 in Green Bay,
Brian Hoyer played only two drives for the Patriots on Sunday before getting injured.
Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

The Patriots were leading the Packers 10-7 late in the second quarter.

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