Brady on hand issue: 'Just part of football'

October, 21, 2013
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was seen examining his throwing hand on the sideline several times on Sunday, an observation that was made by analysts during the game against the New York Jets.

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When asked about it Monday morning, Brady downplayed any discomfort.

"I'm like everybody; there's just bumps and bruises that happen over the course of the football season," Brady said in his weekly interview on Boston sports radio station WEEI. "We'll just get treatment like always, be out there, and try to go out and execute as well as I can next week. It's just part of football."

It's unclear whether Brady took a hit to the hand during the course of the game. He was not listed on the team's injury report and has not appeared to deal with any sort of hand issue in recent weeks. The Patriots will practice again on Wednesday. If Brady is limited by the hand in any way, it will be listed on the injury report.

Brady struggled in the Patriots’ 30-27 loss, completing less than 50 percent of his passes for the second time in three games. He also did not have a touchdown pass for the second time in three games and had a Total QBR of 29.5, his third game this season with a rating under 30. He had just six such games in 97 starts from 2006 to '12, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His Total QBR of 48.5 this season is his lowest through his first seven starts of a season since the start of 2006.

After Sunday’s loss, Brady took responsibility for the offense’s failure to score a touchdown in the second half. One of Brady’s third-quarter passes was intercepted by Jets defensive back Antonio Allen, who returned it for a touchdown. The pick-six helped the Jets erase a 21-10 halftime deficit.

Extra point: Brady was also asked about Sam Berns, a Patriots fan who recently spent time with the team during a Saturday afternoon walk-through practice before the Atlanta game in Week 4. He was the subject of a recent piece by ESPN.com's Rick Reilly.

"That was great," Brady said. "Sam is a Foxborough resident and a big Patriots fans. It was a really cool speech and a really nice young man. It was nice to meet him. Mr. Kraft has really taken a liking to him and they're trying to raise a lot of money for charity to research and see if they can help people with Sam's condition. What a nice guy, and he brought us a lot of luck in Atlanta and hopefully he brings us a lot of luck down the stretch."
Field Yates has previous experience interning with the New England Patriots on both their coaching and scouting staffs. A graduate of Wesleyan University (CT), he is a regular contributor to ESPN Boston's Patriots coverage and ESPN Insider.

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