It’s unwise to downplay injuries to quarterbacks’ throwing arms or hands, of course. But it’s even more foolish to doubt the seven-time Super Bowl champion.
“It’s a little sore but I expected it to be,” Brady says. “We signed up for a contact sport. You get different bumps and bruises throughout the year and we’ll just deal with it the best we can. This bump and bruise happens to be on my hand. Just trying to be preventive and precautious, be smart. It’s less than 48 hours since it happened so it’s not like it’s had five days, but again I feel confident I’ll be able to go out there and do what I need to do.”
Eagles coach Nick Sirianni is emphasizing exactly that: Do your job.
“That’s been our message right from the beginning,” he stressed. “Regardless of who we’re playing, is play within yourself, play within your game.”
Tampa Bay, ranked third in the AP Pro32, is a 7-point favorite at No. 23 Philadelphia, according to FanDuel SportsBook. Pro Picks trusts the 44-year-old quarterback so much it considered making the Bucs its Best Bet.
KNOCKOUT POOL: The Patriots scared us before rallying against Houston. Hopefully it’s a smoother ride this week with TAMPA BAY.
No. 1 (tie) Buffalo (minus 4 1-2) at No. 11 Tennessee, Monday night