Pats' Hoyer exits with head injury, Zappe enters

by Ricardo Gutierrez - Rookie Bailey Zappe, the fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, took over for Brian Hoyer, who was hurt on a sack by Rashan Gary in the opening quarter against the Packers on Sunday.

New England Patriots down another QB as Brian Hoyer leaves with head injury; Bailey Zappe comes on against Green Bay Packers 5:15 PM ET Mike ReissESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Patriots since 1997 Joined ESPN in 2009 GREEN BAY, Wis. -- New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer , who was starting in place of the injured Mac Jones , was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers on the second series after taking a hard hit on a sack. Hoyer was evaluated for a head injury and, at the start of the second quarter, the team announced he wouldn't return. Rookie Bailey Zappe , the fourth-round pick out of Western Kentucky, took over for Hoyer. Editor's Picks The Patriots don't have any other quarterbacks on their 53-man roster. One of their emergency options, receiver Jakobi Meyers , is inactive for Sunday's game due to a knee injury. On the play Hoyer was injured, Packers linebacker Rashan Gary surged off the edge against right tackle Isaiah Wynn and barreled into the 36-year-old QB. Hoyer went into the pop-up blue medical tent on the sideline, and after about five minutes, emerged from the tent and walked to the locker room for further evaluation. Hoyer had directed a 10-play, 56-yard opening drive that culminated in a 37-yard field goal to give the Patriots an early 3-0 lead. He was playing in place of Jones, who suffered a high left ankle sprain at the end of a Week 3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens . Also Sunday, Packers safety Adrian Amos was ruled out in the first half with a concussion. ESPN's Rob Demovsky contributed to this report.