New update on Tom Brady's injured throwing hand from 'close source'


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There’s a certain amount of mystery and intrigue surrounding the New England Patriots, who like to share as little information as possible with the media as they prepare for a big game.

But the mystery and intrigue combined to cause a panic attack for some Patriots fans Wednesday as news spread that quarterback Tom Brady had been injured in practice.

Brady did not participate in his usual Wednesday press conference, and his name appeared on the team’s practice report as being “limited” because of a hand injury.

Players around the league are limited in practice throughout the year, but when it’s Brady and it’s days before the AFC championship game, it’s a big story.

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Reporters who were at practice when the injury occurred said Brady injured the hand in a collision with a teammate.

In a Boston Globe article late Wednesday, an unnamed source told the newspaper that the injury occurred during a handoff play and that Brady also sustained a cut on the hand.

He received treatment for the injury immediately after practice.

The Globe’s Jim McBride reported that Brady “didn’t seem hampered in any way” during the part of Wednesday’s practice that media were allowed to watch.

It’s not known if the injury first happened in practice or if he aggravated an injury to the hand from earlier this season.

Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal said Brady had “been seen shaking that hand midgame multiple times this season,” while Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald said the injury “bothered him at times throughout the season.”

The good news for New England fans is that Brady was at practice Thursday, albeit with a glove on the injured hand.

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Even if the injury had prevented Brady from practicing Thursday, it is not expected to prevent him from starting Sunday.

When asked if people should be concerned about the quarterback, receiver Chris Hogan replied, “I don’t think so.”

One item of note: Brady does not like to wear gloves during games. “Early in my career I tried using a glove on my throwing hand a little bit,” Brady told ESPN last month. “It didn’t go too well. I think it’s better without.”

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Scott Kelnhofer is a writer for The Western Journal and Conservative Tribune. A native of Milwaukee, he currently resides in Phoenix.
Scott Kelnhofer is a writer for The Western Journal and Conservative Tribune. He has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcast journalism. A native of Milwaukee, he has resided in Phoenix since 2012.
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