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Tom Brady 6-for-6 on opening drive despite injured hand

Tom Brady checked his hand before the AFC Championship Game.Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady connected on all six of his passes, including a fourth-and-1 pass to Danny Amendola for 20 yards, on New England’s opening drive of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game.

The good start answered questions about how well Brady would throw following an injury to his right hand in practice on Wednesday.

Brady also handed off to Rex Burkhead, the player who was reportedly involved in the incident in practice. The Patriots kicked a field goal on their opening drive to take a 3-0 lead.

Brady took the field for warmups Sunday with black tape covering the injury on his right hand.


He had worn gloves to practice – and a press conference – last week after being injured while making a handoff.

His throws during pregame warmups looked “100 percent,” according to the Globe’s Jim McBride.

Tom Brady had black tape on his right hand when he came out for warmups.Barry Chin/Globe Staff
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Stan Grossfeld / Globe staff
Stan Grossfeld / Globe staff

Brady required more than 10 stitches on his right hand when he cut it during practice Wednesday, according to an ESPN report.

The report also said the cut was on “the inside part of his right throwing hand near the thumb” and said some at the practice “described a bloody scene.”

Sports Illustrated reported that the injury also included a collateral ligament sprain.

Brady kept his injured right hand concealed in a coat pocket as he walked to the Patriots’ locker room Sunday morning ahead of the AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium.

His left hand was in his pocket as well, but his right is the one of high interest across the football landscape after Brady injured it in practice this week. The Globe’s Jim McBride reported, via a league source, that Brady will play Sunday and the Patriots aren’t expecting “any major problems.”

Brady wore red gloves during practices on Thursday and Friday, and also wore them on both hands at a press conference Friday. He did not give any details on his injury.


The Patriots face the Jaguars at 3:05 p.m., and all eyes will be on Brady when he takes the field for pregame warmups.

Brady usually hits the field about an hour before game time. He jogs out with the backup quarterback and begins pregame work with the receivers, including throwing passes. That’s significant because during practice sessions this week, the media was not allowed to watch the actual drills, just stretching and jogging, and could not see how Brady’s passes may have looked.

Jim McBride and Ben Volin of the Globe staff contributed. Follow Matt Pepin on Twitter at @mattpep15.