TAMPA — His injured right thumb shrouded in white tape, Tom Brady reaffirmed late Tuesday morning that he fully expects to play Thursday night against the Eagles in Philadelphia.
“There’s no serious injury at all,” Brady said in a de facto injury briefing following a morning indoor walk-through at AdventHealth Training Center. “It’s just more discomfort, but I think that should be gone here in the next day or two.”
Following Tuesday afternoon’s indoor workout, Coach Bruce Arians betrayed minimal concern, saying Brady looked the same in limited work as he did in Monday’s indoor session.
“The little bit he threw around, I didn’t see any pain or anything like that,” Arians said.
Brady sustained the injury late in the first half of Sunday’s 45-17 win against the Dolphins, when the thumb smashed against the helmet of Dolphins defensive end Christian Wilkins on a short throw — under duress — to tight end Cameron Brate. He completed 13 of 16 passes in the second half, including touchdown passes of 34 and 22 yards to Mike Evans.
“I was aware of it,” Brady said Tuesday.
“Look, a quarterback’s right hand is important at the end of the day, so it’s not like it’s your left hand. If it was my left hand, I wouldn’t even think two seconds about it. But the fact that it’s your throwing hand, there’s not many things that are that important to a quarterback other than probably your right shoulder, your right elbow and your right hand.
“So any time you get banged on one of those, it could be an issue.”
But in this case it isn’t, the 44-year-old insists. Sore? Yes. Serious? No.
“I’m just trying to be preventative and precautious and be smart,” he said. “It’s only less than 48 hours since it happened, so it’s not like it’s had five or six days to do its thing. But again, I feel confident that I’ll be able to go out there and do what I need to do.”
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