FOXBOROUGH – Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was at practice Thursday after injuring his throwing hand the day before. Brady wore red gloves on both hands during the outdoor session.
Brady and the rest of the team only stretched during the portion of the session open to reporters, meaning it wasn’t possible to observe his throwing motion.
Here’s Brady stretching. Didn’t get to see him throw. pic.twitter.com/T4Kb7oE1Ix
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The 40-year-old hurt his hand when a teammate ran into him while making a handoff during Wednesday’s practice, according to the Boston Globe. Brady’s status for Thursday’s practice was initially up in the air. He was scheduled to speak with reporters at a press conference Thursday afternoon, but re-scheduled it to Friday. The same was the case Wednesday when he canceled the session to meet with the training staff.
There are plenty of reasons Brady could have worn gloves – keeping his hands warm, hiding an injury, hiding the lack of a serious injury – and there’s no knowing if he removed them after reporters left practice, so it would be unwise to read too much into an accessory.
Brady has worn gloves in the past, although he said in December that he’s moved away from wearing them on his throwing hand.
“It depends,’’ Brady said, specifically referring to wearing gloves when it’s very cold. “Early in my career I tried using a glove on my throwing hand a little bit. It didn’t go too well. I think it’s better without.’’
The temperature in Foxborough Thursday afternoon hovered around 28 degrees.
A league source told the Globe Wednesday that Brady collided with a teammate during a handoff in practice on Wednesday and went for precautionary X-rays, which were negative. He also suffered a cut on his right hand.
The Patriots are preparing to host the Jaguars in the AFC Championship game on Sunday. Brady was listed on the injury report as limited in Wednesday’s practice with a right hand injury.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone was asked about Brady Thursday morning.
“I’m sure he could probably throw left-handed if he has a problem with his right hand and throw just as well,’’ he said.