Jimmy Garoppolo sits out of OTAs with leg injury, raises questions about durability

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Jimmy Garoppolo did an admirable job filling in for Tom Brady last year. He was remarkably efficient with his throws and ran a complicated Patriots offensive system with aplomb. But for all his strengths, he was knocked out of the game after only six quarters with a shoulder ailment. Now, it looks like he's injured his leg during OTAs.

Per ESPN's Mike Reiss:

"Garoppolo didn't take part in drills Tuesday because of what appears to be a leg-related injury. When players ran at the start of practice, Garoppolo rode the exercise bike instead. When players ran hills at the end of practice, Garoppolo was off to the side with a few others holding a plank."

Garoppolo was also hobbled during last week's mandatory minicamp--he couldn't finish practice on the last day, and sat out some running activities with teammates. It's opened up a door for Jacoby Brissett to ascend to the #2 QB role behind Tom Brady. While that almost certainly won't continue in training camp at the end of July, it's still a point to consider as Garoppolo's contract situation comes to a head.

The team will have to make a decision on whether to extend, trade, or release Garoppolo after this season. According to multiple reports, the Pats rebuffed lucrative offers for the young signal-caller during free agency and the draft. And while nothing significant has occurred yet, Garoppolo's durability will undoubtedly have an effect on any trade haul New England can get from a potential partner. Is taking it easy during OTAs the end of the world? Obviously not. But as he heads into a contract year, everything Garoppolo does will be carefully scrutinized--it could be the difference between a massive free-agent deal and a one-year franchise tag.

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