Monday 23 April 2018

Brady fends off injury questions

Tom Brady. Photo: Getty Images
Tom Brady. Photo: Getty Images

Gerry Grogan

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who again wore red gloves during his news conference yesterday, refused to talk about his right-hand injury but insisted that he had taken a full part in practice earlier in the day.

Brady deflected questions on how confident was about playing in tomorrow night's AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "We'll see," he said.

Asked how his hand is feeling and if he threw any footballs during training, he replied: "I'm not talking about that."

Brady, who didn't participate in any team-based drills after the warm-ups on Thursday, was asked if he has played in games in more pain than he's currently experiencing. "I've played in a lot of games with pain," he said.

Brady expects the Jaguars to present a "great challenge" for the Patriots. "They're here for a reason. They're a top-ranked defence in the league and have great players at all levels. They're really well-coached and score a lot of points, so we're going to have to play really well."

Brady, who appeared on the injury report Wednesday when he was listed as a limited participant with a right hand injury, missed Thursday's practice after he was present for the stretching portion at the beginning of the session.

Running back Dion Lewis said later in the locker room that Brady "did all the things he normally does at practice" yesterday, while added receiver Danny Amendola said he caught passes from Brady during the session "and he looked good".

The 'Boston Herald' reported that a team-mate ran into Brady during Wednesday's practice, jamming the quarter-back's hand. NFL Network then reported that it was a running back who crashed into Brady during a hand-off.

Brady, a two-time Most Valuable Player, who threw for 4,577 yards and 32 touchdowns in the regular season, hasn't missed a game due to injury since 2008.

In the NFC Championship game, the Philadelphia Eagles host the Minnesota Vikings.

  • Patriots v Jaguars, Live, Sky Sports, 8.05pm tomorrow
  • Eagles v Vikings, Live, Sky Sports, 11.40pm tomorrow

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