Jaguars vs Patriots Live The Jacksonville Jaguars are an American professional football franchise based in Jacksonville, Florida. The Jaguars compete in the National Football League As if there were any doubt, Tom Brady is going to play in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League as a member.
The five-time world champion has played in six conference title games in a row. A thumb injury suffered earlier in the week isn’t going to keep him from participating in the seventh, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Perhaps you think Brady is just fine, and the news of his hand injury is all a way to get in the Jaguars’ heads. Well, there is no conspiracy theory. Teams don’t sit out quarterbacks from practice just to mess with their opponents. But Brady could be just fine. Or maybe he won’t be. It’s impossible to tell.
It will be a shock if Brady doesn’t play. The only time he has ever missed games due to an injury came when he tore his ACL in 2008. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be 100 percent. It’s also hard to imagine Bill Belichick benching Brady for Brian Hoyer during the game. That means Brady will play, and likely play the whole game, but what if he can’t grip the ball like usual?
That wouldn’t be good against a Jaguars defense that allowed just 169.9 passing yards per game, the best in the NFL. Whether Brady is 100 percent or significantly affected by a hand injury that kept him out of practice this week is the biggest factor in the AFC title game, and it’s not even up for debate.
Brady made half of his throws Friday without a glove and performed well, sources informed Rapoport. Two days prior, Brady was gushing blood after suffering a cut to his right thumb, which required several stitches. NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported the injury was the result of a collision with running back Rex Burkhead during Wednesday’s practice.
Brady, listed as questionable, deflected all injury questions during his presser Friday and wore gloves on both hands while doing so. He might sport only one Sunday.
Brady hopes to play without a glove on his throwing hand, although that will hinge on the weather, per Rapoport. Temperatures in the 30s might necessitate a glove. The forecast in Foxborough at kickoff is 48 degrees and partly sunny, according to accuweather.com.
That might be warm enough for Brady to ditch the glove.
Also for the Patriots, Burkhead (knee) did not suffer any setbacks this week and will play, Rapoport reported. Running back Mike Gillislee (knee) will not.