NFL: Tom Brady set to play despite right hand injury

TAMPA, Fla – Quarterback Tom Brady has mentioned his ribboned hand is sore, but he still expects to play Thursday night when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers visit the Philadelphia Eagles.

Brady injured his right hand in the first half of a 45-17 Buccaneers victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. He still had his first career performance of five touchdowns and 400 yards from the air.

« She’s a little sore, but I expected it, » Brady said on Tuesday. We play in a contact sport. You face a few injuries during the year and you have to deal with them as best you can. This time, this wound is on my hand. I’m just trying to take precautions, to be smart. I’m sure I will be able to play. « 

The Buccaneers (4-1), defending Super Bowl champions, will play their third away game in 19 days. The 44-year-old Brady leads the NFL with 1,767 passing yards and is second with 15 touchdown passes.

“If it was my left hand, I wouldn’t even think about it for two seconds,” Brady said. The fact that it’s my right hand, there’s nothing more important to a quarterback except your right shoulder and right elbow. Anytime you hurt yourself to these limbs it can be a problem, but it’s just discomfort. I think it’ll be gone in a day or two. « 

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