Leading up to the 2018 AFC Championship game on Jan. 21, no one was really sure how badly Tom Brady had injured his thumb in practice, and whether it would affect his performance. In the sixth and final episode of “Tom vs. Time,” the Patriots quarterback revealed how serious the injury really was.
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In the Facebook Watch docu-series, Brady said that after initially sustaining the injury, he wasn’t sure he would be able to play against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“When I hurt my thumb, I thought, ‘This is it, this is the way the season ends,'” Brady said. “I’m looking down at my thumb as it’s split open, and I’m thinking, I really don’t know what happened to my thumb. But I know it doesn’t feel good, and I have a real hard time believing I’m going to be able to go out and play well against the No. 1-ranked defense in four days.”
The episode also featured footage of trainer Alex Guerrero treating Brady’s injury, the quarterback groaning as Guerrero pushed acupuncture needles into his thumb.
Brady described his thought process in the days leading up to the AFC Championship game, and how he wasn’t full confident until practice on Friday, two days beforehand.
“Going through a Thursday of, ‘OK, well it doesn’t quite feel right, but it’s feeling a lot better. Maybe I got a shot,'” Brady said. “And then Friday, going out to practice and being like, ‘Wow, maybe I can do this.'”