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Tom Brady expects to get stitches out this week and will be ready to go for Super Bowl LII

Ryan Hannable
January 21, 2018 - 8:59 pm

FOXBORO -- For all that was made of Tom Brady's right hand the last few days, it didn't seem to impact him at all in the Patriots' 24-20 win over the Jaguars in the AFC championship game.

Brady didn't wear a glove on the hand, instead he had a thick piece of black tape covering up the roughly 10 stitches that went from the base of his thumb to the palm of his hand. The 40-year-old went 26-for-38 with 290 yards and two touchdowns.

"Well, I’ve had a couple crazy injuries, but this was pretty crazy," Brady said. "They come up and you just deal with them, and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do on Wednesday, Wednesday night, and then Thursday wasn’t sure. And then Friday gained a little confidence and then Saturday was trying to figure out what we could do, and Sunday, try to come out here and make it happen. You know, we all put a lot out there. I mean, this was a little injury at the end of the day. It’s certainly a big part of what a quarterback does. I mean, I’ve had a lot worse injuries than this, but if this was on my left hand, I could [not] care less, but just based on where it was, we had to deal with it."

The quarterback expects to get the stitches out in a few days and put it behind him.

"Pretty soon. Pretty soon," he said. "I think hopefully this week, mid-week, and then I can just get out there and get normal treatment like I always do and be ready to go."

Given there's two weeks between now and Super Bowl LII, Brady should be 100 percent for the game.

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