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Jacoby Brissett says Frank Reich sat him ‘to protect myself from myself’

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The Indianapolis Colts decided to sit quarterback Jacoby Brissett during their Week 10 loss to the Miami Dolphins as a result of a sprained MCL. The decision to sit Brissett came from head coach Frank Reich.

When asked about why he didn’t play against the Dolphins, Brissett explained that Reich probably made the decision ‘to protect myself from myself’ despite the fact that he was ‘getting better each day.’

“I felt like I was getting better each day,” Brissett said, via Joel A. Erickson of the IndyStar. “It was a coach’s decision. He made the decision that he thought was best for myself and for the team. It’s his job, I guess, to protect myself from myself.”

It is common for players to try to take the field and battle through injuries and Brissett is certainly no exception to that. In fact, offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni says ‘it wouldn’t have mattered’ what injury Brissett was dealing with if he was able to judge his own availability because ‘he was going to play.’

“He could’ve been missing a toe, or two toes, or three toes,” Sirianni said. “That’s why guys follow him. It wouldn’t have mattered; 104-degree temperature, whatever, he was going to play.”

With Brissett sidelined, the Colts went with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback against the Dolphins. He ended his performance with an abysmal 204 passing yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions after completing just 18 of his 39 pass attempts.

The Colts certainly missed the impact that Brissett regularly provides and will be ecstatic for his return to the lineup.