New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will start in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite suffering a cut on his right hand during practice on Wednesday that led to questions about his playing status, ESPN reports.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, a “minor collision” with running back Rex Burkhead caused Brady’s hand to gush blood and required stitches.
One person at the practice said Brady yelled loudly after the collision, which caused some players to turn their heads to look back at what happened. That led to some initial concern as to the severity, although that concern subsided a bit after Brady underwent tests that revealed there were no tendon, ligament or bone damage. The hand was only cut.
Brady is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game. He said he practiced in full on Friday, though he was listed as a limited participant on the injury report, and he wore red gloves on both hands during his news conference.
Brady and Brian Hoyer are the only quarterbacks on the Patriots 53-man roster. There is no quarterback on the practice squad. Since Wednesday, when Brady injured his right hand, the club did not made a move to bring another quarterback in, which was a sign that the Patriots didn’t view Brady’s availability as being in doubt.
Asked how his injured right hand was feeling and whether he threw any footballs Friday, Brady said: “I’m not talking about that.”
When asked about his status for the game, a short, “We’ll see,” is all he offered up.