This weekend, the New England Patriots will play in their seventh AFC Championship game in a row, this time against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are making their first AFC title game appearance since 1999.
The Patriots most likely wouldn’t have been able to reach the AFC title game for the past seven seasons in a row if it wasn’t for their quarterback Tom Brady, who is highly regarded by many as the greatest player to have ever graced the NFL.
However, the team had a bit of a scare on Wednesday, which could have potentially thrown their hopes for retaining the Super Bowl this season, as well as winning the AFC Championship game this Sunday against the Jaguars this Sunday into disarray.
According to reports, Brady picked up an injury to his throwing hand during practice yesterday, and he required an x-ray to check the damage done. Thankfully for Patriots fans, it doesn’t look like he’s going to be missing any game time.
Patriots beat writer Karen Guregain for the Boston Herald said the quarterback jammed his throwing hand at practice after accidentally being run into, but the x-rays have shown no structural damage. This looks like he should be good to go this Sunday in the game against Jacksonville.
It would have been a disaster for the Patriots if Brady missed the AFC Championship game this weekend against the Jaguars, as it would have likely handed their opponents a spot in the Super Bowl, as backup quarterback Brian Hoyer is nowhere near the same level as Brady.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said the issue of Brady's hand "sounds manageable," with one source close to the Patriots star telling him that he “should be OK," with another source saying “He will play." Great news for fans of New England.
It seems that barring another unexpected setback, Brady will play in the AFC Championship game this Sunday against Jacksonville despite him being listed as a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
The 40-year-old has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career, and with a win this weekend, the Patriots would reach their eighth Super Bowl in Brady's career. Just getting past the phenomenal Jaguars defense stands in their way, so his throwing needs to be on point.
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