David Ortiz

Tom Brady wasn't at the Patriots' home opener Sunday afternoon. But his jersey was worn by a fellow Boston sports hero: David Ortiz.

David Ortiz

Ortiz, serving as an honorary captain for the Patriots, charged out of the tunnel in a No. 12 Brady jersey, igniting the Gillette Stadium crowd. Robert Kraft handed him a No. 34 jersey (Ortiz' Red Sox number) on the field, with "Big Papi" on the back.

Ortiz wore a No. 34 jersey during warm-ups:

The Patriots won the game, 31-24, over the Dolphins. However, Jimmy Garoppolo, Brady's temporary replacement (Brady is suspended four games for his role in Deflategate), went down with a right shoulder injury in the second quarter. Rookie Jacoby Brissett, a third-round pick out of North Carolina State, was subbed in.

Garoppolo was 18-of-27 for 234 yards and three touchdowns before the injury, which should sideline him through Brady's remaining suspension.

In other news, Bleacher Report revived the Tom Brady mask. Former Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker surprised tailgaters with the creepy look.

The party in the Boston area shifts to baseball. Ortiz and the Red Sox take on the Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball at Fenway Park.

-- Follow Jeffrey Eisenband on Twitter @JeffEisenband.