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New England Patriots Announce Official Decision On Quarterback Brian Hoyer

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The New England Patriots need some quarterback depth after the decision they made on Brian Hoyer this Thursday afternoon. 

The Patriots have announced they are moving veteran quarterback Brian Hoyer to the injured reserve. 

What does that mean? It means Bailey Zappe, the rookie out of Western Kentucky, is the starting quarterback for now, at least until Mac Jones returns. 

New England is in a world of hurt at the quarterback position right now. 

"The #Patriots placed QB Brian Hoyer on IR, meaning Bailey Zappe is the full-time backup (or starter until Mac Jones is ready)," said NFL insider Ian Rapoport. 

Here's a look at the team's current quarterback situation. Let us warn you, it's not pretty. 

"#Patriots current QB situation: Mac Jones (high ankle sprain) - limited in practice Brian Hoyer (concussion) - IR, out at least four games Bailey Zappe - Made NFL debut four days ago Garrett Gilbert - Signed with practice squad yesterday They host the #Lions on Sunday," wrote Tom Pelissero.

The Patriots host the Lions on Sunday.