Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

NFL 'Desperately' Needs Brady in Super Bowl to Stymie Ratings Collapse

NFL 'Desperately' Needs Brady in Super Bowl to Stymie Ratings Collapse

New England Patriots fans across the globe are now freaking out about the status of Tom Brady, who reportedly injured his throwing hand this week during practice.

You can catch Sunday's Patriots-Jaguars AFC Championship Game on WBZ-TV - the flagship station of the New England Patriots.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spoke with the media on Friday and he didn't exactly shed more light on Tom Brady's hand injury. A day after Brady reportedly jammed his throwing hand but suffered no structural damage after someone accidentally ran into him during a workout, the 40-year-old U.S. superstar was present only for the start of training.

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 now experiencing.

Brady - wearing red gloves on both hands - was kept out of Thursday's full-pads practice after taking part in warmups.

And while I'm here let me say this loud and clear: if you don't think Tom Brady is playing on Sunday, well you're just a insane person.

When asked if he had any regrets about trading for Garoppolo in light of Brady's injury, Belichick reiterated a familiar line. Belichick was asked if Brady will be a gametime decision.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reported on Friday that Brady's hand was "gushing" blood when the injury occurred - and that he was throwing the ball well on Friday.

Brady, who has not missed a game because of injury since 2008, refused to discuss his injury or how it occurred, even though the word is it happened on a handoff.

"We're getting ready for Jacksonville", he said. "I know how to prepare as the starter".

TB: "I've played in a lot of games in pain, so". They've handled the situations that have come up in those games very well - fourth-and-1 in the first quarter, things like that. While Brady and the Patriots continue to remain silent, teammate and quarterback Brian Hoyer talked to the media. "I am just focused on what I have to do to get ready this week".

He did say that he "was out there" for practice Friday adding "it was fun", but he didn't indicate how much he was able to do in practice.

"They're confident that he can play through it and be effective", Reiss said.

Bledsoe said it's a great privilege to be honorary captain for the game, and thanked Robert Kraft for thinking of him.

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