Injury - Football Wiretap

Tom Brady On Hand: 'It's Getting Better'

Jan 31, 2018 8:48 AM

Tom Brady continues to wear a glove on his throwing hand, but he said of the injury: "it's getting better."

Brady injured his hand in practice two weeks ago, but didn't appear limited during the New England Patriots' win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC title game.

"My hand, it's getting better," Brady said. "It's not quite where I want it to be. So I'm just trying to protect it the best way I can. It's obviously a very important part of my body for a quarterback, so I just want it to be as healthy as possible for the game on Sunday.

"Under Armour just made it for me. It's a great glove. It's got a lot of recovery in it, and that's what I need."

Brady reportedly had 12 stitches to close a wound on the hand.

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Blake Bortles Undergoes Surgery On Wrist

Jan 29, 2018 11:03 PM

Blake Bortles has undergone surgery on his right wrist.

Bortles had dealt with the injury since December of 2016.

The Jaguars decided to have Bortles forgo surgery and play through it throughout 2017.

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Tom Brady Has 12 Sitches Removed From Right Hand

Jan 28, 2018 11:37 PM

Tom Brady had his 12 stiches removed from his right hand earlier this week.

Brady played in the AFC Conference Championship Game with a bandage.

Brady was limited in practice on Thursday, but is expected to play, barring an unforeseen setback.

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Rob Gronkowski Returns To Practice, Remains In Concussion Protocol

Jan 27, 2018 7:11 PM

Rob Gronkowski returned to practice on Saturday but remains in the concussion protocol. 

Participating in football-specific drills is the fourth step, followed by full football activity.

"It's always great to have him out there," quarterback Tom Brady said Saturday. "He's a great player, great person, great teammate and a big part of what we do. So it obviously hurts when he's not out there for a lot of reasons, but he's doing the best he can do, and we're all hopeful."

The Eagles are expecting Gronkowski to play in the Super Bowl.

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Carson Wentz Suffered Torn LCL In Addition To ACL

Jan 27, 2018 10:16 AM

Carson Wentz revealed he tore his LCL while also tearing his ACL in December.

Wentz does not anticipate the additional damage will significantly impact his length of rehab.

Wentz is aiming to return for the start of the 2018 season.

"My goal is to be out there Week 1. The timetable stuff, I wish I knew just as much as you guys wish you knew," he said Friday. "It's just such a fluid process, and we'll just see what happens."

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Deshaun Watson 'Ahead Of Schedule' In Rehab

Jan 25, 2018 8:36 AM

Deshaun Watson continues to be "ahead of schedule" as he rehabs his torn right ACL, according to Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien.

O'Brien is hopeful Watson will be able to participate in at least some drills during the Texans' organized team activities.

"He's working hard to get back and I know he's ahead of schedule," O'Brien said. "I'm hoping ... that he can at least maybe participate in 7-on-7 [drills]. Maybe not team drills, but [maybe] he can do 7-on-7s or one-on-ones and things like that. But we'll see."

Watson was originally given a timeline of eight to nine months for his rehab from early November surgery, which would have put him on the field in time for training camp. Watson tore his ACL on a non-contact drill during practice. OTAs begin in mid-April and go until mid-June.

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Patriots Optimistic Rob Gronkowski Will Be Cleared For Super Bowl

Jan 22, 2018 10:36 AM

Rob Gronkowski exited the AFC Championship Game in the first half with a concussion. Gronkowski took a helmet-to-helmet shot from Barry Church, which was ruled a personal foul.

“I just tried to dislodge the ball,” Church said. “He’s a big dude, and I was just trying to dislodge the ball. But I guess they felt it was too high of a hit. I hope he’s healthy. I know he didn’t come back, so I hope he is all right. It was a tough call, but you have to go with what they call. It’s the toughest play in football. If you go low for the knees, you are considered a dirty player. And if you go high, they throw the flag at you. It’s a bang-bang play, and I was just trying to play football. I tried to lead with my shoulder.”

The Patriots are optimistic Gronkowski will be cleared to play in the Super Bowl, according to a source.

“(Offensive coordinator) Josh (McDaniels) did such a great job of figuring out what we needed to do and how we needed to get it done, and he made it happen,” quarterback Tom Brady said of the adjustments post-Gronkowski. “It’s hard when you lose such a critical part of your team and offense. Hopefully, he’s OK. It’s a tough shot he took. He’s as tough as they come. Hopefully, he feels better soon.”

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Rex Burkhead Identified As Player Who Collided With Tom Brady

Jan 20, 2018 10:12 AM

Rex Burkhead was the anonymous player on the New England Patriots who collided with Tom Brady during Wednesday's practice.

Brady suffered a cut to his right thumb and began gushing blood. The injury required stitches.

Brady is questionable for the AFC Championship Game.

A source said Brady was "zinging it pretty good" during the session on Friday.

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Tom Brady Was Gushing Blood After Injuring Thumb

Jan 19, 2018 5:42 PM

Tom Brady wore red gloves on both of his hands during his press conference on Friday while evading questions about about his injury.

"We'll see," Brady said when asked how confident he is he'll play against the Jaguars.

Brady wouldn't provide specifics on any questions about his hand.

"I'm not talking about that," Brady said.

Brady was reportedly gushing blood when he injured his thumb, according to Ian Rapoport. Brady also was “zinging it pretty good today,” a source told Rapoport.

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Bill Belichick Predictably Cryptic Over Tom Brady's Hand Injury

Jan 19, 2018 11:26 AM

Bill Belichick deflected questions about the hand injury of Tom Brady during his Friday press conference.

"We gave out the injury report yesterday and we'll update it today," said Belichick.

Belichick was asked about his level of concern on the injury.

"I don't know. We'll see," said Belichick.

Brady was held out of Thursday's full-pads practice after warm-ups. He had gone through some light stretching and jogging Thursday, wearing red gloves on both hands, which isn't the norm for him.

Asked how much Brady's status complicates the planning process, Belichick said, "I don't know."

Brian Hoyer took all the repetitions in Thursday's practice.

"Brian does a great job for us," Belichick said. "Works hard. Practices hard."

A source said Brady's hand "should be OK" for Sunday's game, while another source acknowledged that it could affect him "slightly" in the game.

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Tom Brady Injures Throwing Hand After Teammate Runs Into Him
Tom Brady underwent an x-ray which showed no structural damage.

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Odell Beckham Jr. Past Rehab Phase, Working Out For 2018 Season
Odell Beckham Jr. is hoping to sign a contract extension this offseason as he enters the fifth-year option on his contract.

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Chris Hogan Cleared To Play Against Titans
Chris Hogan missed seven of the final eight games of the regular season for the Patriots because of a shoulder injury.

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