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JIM MCBRIDE

Tom Brady will play in AFC Championship game

Tom Brady injured his throwing hand during practice on Wednesday.
Tom Brady injured his throwing hand during practice on Wednesday.(Barry Chin/Globe staff)

The decision is in and it’s all systems go for Tom Brady.

The All-Pro quarterback will play in Sunday’s AFC Championship game and the Patriots aren’t expecting “any major problems,” a league source confirmed Saturday night.

Brady suffered a hand injury that included a cut and required precautionary X-rays (which came back negative) after he collided with a teammate during a handoff at practice Wednesday.

Brady did not participate in Thursday’s practice but ramped up his workload on Friday. Though officially listed as “limited,” Brady was able to do all the things he normally does at a session, including throwing and handing off, several teammates confirmed on Friday afternoon.

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Team owner Robert Kraft said on Saturday night’s episode of “Patriots All Access” that he watched Brady throw some passes and that it “made me feel a lot better.”

The source said Brady has “been getting better each day.”

Brady declined to confirm he’d be playing during his meeting with the media Friday, refusing to discuss the injury or how it occurred. He simply said “we’ll see” when asked if he was going to play.

Brady has dealt with several other injuries this season, including Achilles’ and left shoulder ailments, and has taken some midweek practices off, but hasn’t missed any game time. That will also be the case Sunday as Brady will start his seventh straight AFC title tilt.

Brady, 40, has missed game time because of injuries just once in his career, back in 2008 when he tore his ACL and MCL in the opener and missed the rest of the season.

Brady has 26 postseason wins under his belt, the most of any quarterback in NFL history.


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.