The NFL Playoffs are in full swing and the playing field has dwindled to just four teams. This weekend we will be seeing the Jacksonville Jaguars take on the vaunted New England Patriots while the Minnesota Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles duke it out in the NFC. Perhaps, the most enticing aspect of this weekend’s matchup is the fact that nobody quite knows what to expect from QB Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. New England is, by all accounts, the most heavily favored team to win the Super Bowl as they are the only team with a cornerstone QB left in the postseason. However, a mysterious hand injury has cropped up and now New England fans are starting to see shadows.
The New England Patriots go as far as their quarterback goes and that has always been the case. Tom Brady is, perhaps, the best player to ever snap a football and he can cement his legacy by scoring yet another Super Bowl championship. However, in order to get into that position, Brady will have to overcome a mysterious injury to his throwing hand that might or might not even keep him from playing. Head Coach Bill Belichick has always been mum in regards to injury reports and he has yet to provide any clarity regarding Brady’s status. Brady, when asked at a news conference this past Friday, would only say that ‘we’ll see’ if he’s able to take the field. Brady has been limited in practice this week and he has been seen sporting a red glove in every media appearance.
What makes the Brady hand-injury particularly interesting is that it presents, possibly, the only path to a Super Bowl championship for the rest of the teams still competing. While New England doesn’t have the best defense left in the postseason, they are hands-up the most seasoned and talented team left in the competition. So, the hand injury definitely has people raising their eyebrows. Could this be the great equalizer that puts the entire pack on a level playing field?
Details have yet to emerge as to how Brady even hurt his hand. When probed at the aforementioned conference, Brady would only say, “I’m not talking about that.” What we do know is that, according to other players on the team, Brady still looks good zinging the ball and that might have to be enough for now.