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Tom Brady on K&C gives more details on right hand injury: 'It was pretty stressful'

Ryan Hannable
January 22, 2018 - 6:50 am

Tom Brady's right hand was the talk of New England, and football for that matter, in the days leading up to the AFC championship game, but the 40-year-old was able to play with a thick piece of black tape covering the stitches on the bottom of his right thumb and it didn't seem to affect him in the game.

Brady went 26-for-38 passing with 290 yards and two touchdowns and led the Patriots from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to a 24-20 win over the Jaguars to advance to Super Bowl LII.

Appearing on Kirk & Callahan Monday morning, the quarterback opened up on the injury. Brady said he got 12 stitches and when it first happened he really wasn't sure if he would be able to play in the game.

“I wasn’t sure, I really wasn’t," Brady said. "Wednesday, it happened and Wednesday night I definitely wasn’t sure, but it was just a crazy injury in practice. It didn’t look good there for a little bit, but fortunately, Thursday, I didn’t practice, I took some time off. Friday, did just a little bit and things kind of felt a lot better on Saturday and [Sunday] I was just able to kind of do what I needed to do. Everyone deals with injuries. It is just part of the season and part of the year. The timing and where exactly it was wasn’t the best thing in the world for a quarterback, but it is what it is.”

Brady said he received 12 stitches and it was a "really good cut."

“It was pretty stressful. I was stressed out," he said. "You drive home and you have all these stitches in this place. You’re driving home and I saw my wife and she said, ‘What happened?!’ and I said, ‘I know, it was just an accident in practice.’ She said, ‘What is going to happen?’ I said, ‘I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes.’”

Added Brady: “We ran into each other and my thumb just got bent back. It wasn’t his helmet or anything. Just kind of got bent back. That is why I felt it was a lot worse. The doctors went in and checked it out and we did things just to kind of check on everything and fortunately, there wasn’t any damage that normally comes associated with that. I think we were very lucky."

As for Super Bowl LII, Brady said he will get the stitches out this week and it won't be an issue for the game in two weeks.

“I think hopefully sometime this week and at that point, again, I was fortunate not to tear any ligaments or anything like that," he said. "There [were] no broken bones. That was obviously the best news I could ever hear based on what you think it could be and we found out that it wasn’t.

"After an unlucky injury, it turned out to be a lot of good luck that it wasn’t more serious than it was.”