When New England placed quarterback Jarrett Stidham on the physically-unable-to-perform list last week as the Patriots’ rookies and quarterbacks reported for training camp, the designation was considered a “surprise” by media outlets covering the NFL team.
On Wednesday, the Athletic reported Stidham was sidelined because he had experienced pain in his right shoulder and back while passing.
On Thursday, New England coach Bill Belichick explained the Patriots’ signing of quarterback Jake Dolegala by saying: “We just thought it would be a good to have another quarterback activated and participate in the camp. Jarrett Stidham will miss a little bit of time, so we’ll have Jake in here.”
On Friday, the root reason for the previous reports became clear: Stidham had surgery on Wednesday because of a back injury, NFL Network reported, and the former Auburn QB will be sidelined for approximately 12 weeks. That timetable would keep Stidham off the field through the first six weeks of the NFL season.
Stidham joined New England from Auburn in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In both his pro seasons, he served as the Patriots’ backup quarterback – behind Tom Brady in 2019 and Cam Newton in 2020.
Stidham led the AFC in passing yards in the 2019 preseason. But in the regular season, he has completed 24-of-48 passes for 270 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions in eight games.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.