Patriots' quarterback misses practice, expects to play against Jaguars

It does not appear to be a serious injury. According to NFL Network's Ian Rappaport, Brady needed stitches to fix a cut on his right thumb, suffered during Wednesday's practice.

"He looked pretty good to me", Malcolm Butler said of Brady at practice today. If they can penetrate the Patriots' offensive line and get Tom Brady rattled, this game could get interesting. He did not practice on Thursday and was limited on Friday. Brady also wore gloves on both hands during the entire media session.

If needed, Drew Bledsoe is ready to help out Tom Brady for one more AFC Championship Game.

Umpteen times in his career Brady has been listed with some type of injury that did not prevent him from playing in that week's game.

Yes, the discrepancy between quarterbacks if Brady should go on Sunday will be vast when compared to Jaguars starter Blake Bortles.

New England is 20th in the National Football League stopping the run and 31st (4.7) in average yards allowed a carry. The extent of the injury remains unclear, as Brady and New England coach Bill Belichick were tight-lipped about it Friday. He shed the reputation of the unbending taskmaster (though clocks are still set 5 minutes ahead), dealt less with off-the-field decisions and more with the X's and O's, and won two Super Bowls, both against the Patriots, both as an underdog.

Despite missing six games due to injury, Rex Burkhead arguably had the best season of his career this year.

The Patriots this week, as you'd expect, have turned the knobs to 11 on all their praise-heaping machines.

"I'm sure he can throw left-handed if he has a problem with his right hand, you know, and throw it just as well", Marrone said Thursday. But I would say the thing that I know I appreciate from a coaching standpoint is the amount of work that he's put in, the way he comes to work every day. "We'll definitely want to be as balanced as possible and the more success we have early, the more we'll stick with it". They're really fast and physical. We'll update it today, ' Belichick said at Friday's press conference.

"It's a great challenge", he said.

The Patriots haven't called any QB's name in the post-season other than Brady's since the 1990s.

"Well it doesn't", he said, clearly annoyed such a question could even be asked. That's what's going to determine the victor in that competition - what happens Sunday.

Football purists will agree either divisional playoff weekend or the Sunday conference title games comprise the best football weekend of the year - and this year's AFC and NFC title games have a chance to be special.

That being said, Brady is just questionable, meaning he is going to play barring something truly very bad happening to his hand in the next two days. "That's what we need to do".

Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell celebrates a fumble-recovery touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals on November 26, 2017, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

"We have to go rush the quarterback", Jackson said. "They say you have to beat the best to be the best, so I can't wait to get out there and try".

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