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FOXBOROUGH, MA - JUNE 16: Jarrett Stidham #4 of the New England Patriots passes during mandatory minicamp at the New England Patriots practice facility on June 16, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

For the second straight year, an injury is going to cost Jarrett Stidham as least part of training camp. After dealing with a hip issue last season, he’s now having problems with his throwing shoulder.

According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, Stidham “has been experiencing pain in his right shoulder and back while throwing the football.” It could end up being a longer-term problem, with Howe adding that “surgery has been noted as a possibility, and it remains unclear how much more time he’ll miss.”

How Stidham suffered the injury is unknown. He was placed on the PUP list last week, and did not take part in the team’s first training camp practice of the year on Wednesday.

During Wednesday’s practice, the Patriots operated with just three quarterbacks, as Brian Hoyer saw his workload increase in Stidham’s absence. Later in the afternoon, the team claimed Jake Dolegala off waivers from the Green Bay Packers, once again giving them four active quarterbacks on the roster. Howe added that the signing is due to Stidham not being expected back ‘in the near future.’

With Cam Newton and Mac Jones at the top of the depth chart, Stidham was expected to compete with Hoyer for the third quarterback spot on the roster. The more time he misses, the harder it will be for him to win that job.

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