FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Despite having a sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder, Jimmy Garoppolo can still throw a deep ball.

The third-year quarterback continues to make progress and took a step forward on Wednesday. During the media’s portion at practice, Garoppolo was seen making several throws, including multiple deep passes to a member of the Patriots staff. This was the first time we’ve seen him throw a football since suffering the shoulder injury against Miami on Sept. 18.

This is a good sign for a Patriots team that has to make it one more week until they get Tom Brady back.

The Patriots had perfect practice attendance on Wednesday. Jacoby Brissett was also out there, donning a badge wrap around his right thumb, which was sprained last week against the Houston Texans. Brissett wasn’t seen throwing any deep passes during the media’s allotted time at practice.

Both quarterbacks started off the day dropping back and working on avoiding an opposing pass rush and hanging onto the football. That will be important as the Patriots prepare for a tough Buffalo Bills’ defensive line.

Both Garoppolo and Brissett were listed as limited on the Patriots first injury report of the week. Also limited were Rob Gronkowski (hamstring), Marcus Cannon (calf), Jonathan Cooper (foot), Jonathan Freeny (shoulder), Dont'a Hightower (knee) and Eric Rowe (ankle).

The Patriots did make a change to their practice squad, signing defensive tackle Anthony Johnson and releasing offensive lineman Ian Silberman. Johnson was released off the 53-man roster on Monday.

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Rex Ryan really wants to know who’s going to be under center when the Patriots take the field this Sunday, but it doesn’t seem like he’s getting much help.

On Wednesday, the Buffalo coach joined the Bills media during a conference call with Julian Edelman. Ryan announced himself as “Walt Patulski from the Buffalo News” and asked Edelman if he was “playing quarterback this week.”

“I’m going to do whatever the coaches ask me to do," Edelman said. “If they ask me to go out and give a glass of water to someone on the sideline, I’m going to do that with a smile on my face if it helps our team win. You can ask Coach (Bill Belichick) that one.”

As it turns out, Ryan also told the Buffalo media he plans to ask Belichick who will play quarterback when the Patriots meet the Bills this Sunday.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to. I’m sure I’ll definitely get a straight answer from Bill on this one,” Ryan told the New England media Wednesday afternoon. “Shoot. I haven’t talked to him yet. I’m sure that I’ll call him later today and Bill will tell me.”

“The one thing I do know for sure is that Tom Brady’s not the quarterback,” Ryan said. “And I feel good about that.”

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Rob Gronkowski made his 2016 debut in a win over the Houston Texans on Sept. 22, easing back into the rotation by playing 14 of a possible 62 offensive snaps.

The All-Pro tight end felt fine during the game while mainly serving in a blocking capacity with one pass unsuccessfully being thrown in his direction. More importantly, he felt just as good the next day.

“You’re always sore no matter what after playing a game no matter if you play 10 plays, if you play 70 plays,” Gronkowski said Wednesday. “So definitely sore like any other game, but no setbacks, no nothing, feeling good and just progressing every day.”

Gronkowski injured his right hamstring in a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15. Because that’s an injury that can be tricky in terms of healing time, he and the Patriots have taken the caution road.

“If you know anything about hamstrings, definitely you’ve got to be careful,” Gronkowski said. “You’ve got to (slowly) progress; you just can’t hop right back in and be full-go, 100 percent. I wish it was like that.

“I can’t wait until I’m going crazy out there again. So I’m just progressing myself into it and just feeling better every single day.”