Tom Brady's hand was the topic of much scrutiny during Sunday’s Patriots-Dolphins broadcast, particularly in the backdrop of the offense’s first-half struggles. For the game, Brady threw for just 116 yards, most of those coming in the third quarter.
Brady -- who was photographed Saturday with tape around his middle and ring fingers on his throwing hand -- was asked about the hand after the game. Here’s the exchange between reporters and the quarterback:
Q: A lot of TV time on your hand today. How is it?
Brady: “It’s perfect.”
Q: It’s not bothering you at all?
Brady: “Absolutely not.”
Q: It looks pretty swollen.
Brady: “I didn’t know [how] anyone knows what the back of my right hand looks like, but it looks fine to me and it feels good. I’ll be out there next week; you don’t have to worry about that.
Q: Without getting into detail, how important is it for you, even if you were hurt, to push through and set the standard for these young guys? How important is it for you guys to keep fighting?
Brady: “That's what you do. It’s football. It’s a contact sport and you play as hard as you can and you count on the guys next to you to do the same. I feel great. For the eighth week of the year, I feel awesome. Hopefully we go out and execute better. Ultimately, that’s what it takes.”