Tom Brady and the Buccaneers will play a short week in Week 6, and the veteran quarterback won’t be quite 100% up for the contest.
Brady is suffering from a thumb injury he sustained in Tampa Bay’s 45-17 win over the Dolphins. This happened when he slapped his hand on Miami defensive tackle Christian Wilkins’ helmet while throwing a pass.
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The hit came in the first half, but Brady played the rest of the game against the Dolphins. He walked out of the competition with an envelope on his finger, but appeared to be in high spirits after totaling 411 yards and five touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s resounding victory. He even joked that he no longer cares about trying to cover up his injuries.
“In my youth, I probably would never have shown you guys,” Brady told reporters of his thumb after Sunday’s game, according to ESPN. “I would probably try to keep it a secret. But, I think at my age, I don’t really care. It’s just kind of a football injury, so I’ll do my best to prepare for this game. – we’ll see what happens. “
So, will Tom Brady play? And how healthy is he? Here’s what we know about the thumb issue he’s facing.
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Tom Brady Injury Update
Brady does not appear to be in danger of missing the game against the Eagles. He called his injured thumb “sore” in Tuesday’s practice, but otherwise appeared to imply he was ready to go.
“I think it’s just a little painful, but I expected it. But I think it should be fine by Thursday,” Brady told reporters, according to ESPN. “There are no serious injuries. It’s more than discomfort, but I think it should go away here in a day or two.”
As Brady explained, he would have ignored the injury were it not for the fact that it was in his pitching hand.
“If it was my left hand, I wouldn’t even think about it for two seconds.” Brady said. “But the fact that it’s your hands that are throwing – there aren’t a lot of things that are so important to a quarterback. Probably your right shoulder, your right elbow, and your right hand So whenever you know that you get hit on one of them, that could be a problem. “
He was also very careful with his injury as the Bucs have a short week.
“It’s just, you play a game, you get hit – you face bumps and bruises over the course of the year. That bruise just happens to be on my hand,” Brady said. “I’m just trying to be preventative and careful and be smart – it’s been less than 48 hours since this happened – so it’s not like he’s had five or six days to do its job. But I’m confident I’ll go out there and do what I need to do. “
Maybe Brady won’t throw as much as he usually does – he averages 45 attempted passes per game, a league record – but he appears to be healthy enough to adjust.
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Tom Brady suffered a thumb injury in 2018
Brady actually suffered a seemingly worse thumb injury in his career. This preceded the 2018 AFC Championship game against the Jaguars.
As a member of the Patriots, Brady was training on Wednesday when he was injured during a routine transfer to Rex Burkhead. He got his thumb badly stuck in the room and, as Jeff Benedict detailed in his 2020 book, “The Dynasty,” the base of Brady’s thumb tore his skin. He created a large laceration that required minor surgery and sutures.
No one knew if Brady would be able to play against the Jaguars after the injury. He even told Patriots hand and wrist surgeon Dr Matthew Leibman that he feared the worst after the injury.
“I thought this injury was going to be the end of my career,” Brady said.
But somehow Brady managed to play when he was only halfway through his 8-10 day recovery window. He completed 26 of 38 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns. He had no turnover in the game.
If he pushed to play through this one, it’s hard to imagine him making room for Blaine Gabbert on Thursday because of the illness.