There was no need this week for JacksonvilleJaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson to thump his chest or give a fiery speech to teammates about his history with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "X-rays were taken revealing no structural damage".
Brady missed his media availability Wednesday because of a meeting with the medical staff to address the issue.
Brady's level of participation in practice will be updated when the team submits its injury report later Thursday.
With a win Sunday, the Patriots would reach their eighth Super Bowl in Brady's 18-year career.
"The reality of the National Football League is what we did this week will have nothing to do with what happens next week", Brady said.
Brady's throwing hand would probably have to be amputated, or at least swollen up like a balloon, for him to miss Sunday's game.
Brady was on and off the injury report for most of the latter half of the regular season. I don't know what really happened with that. All the injuries are considered minor, and the five players are expected to return to practice Thursday or Friday. The team has been through a tumultuous time since then, stunted by losing seasons, and a revolving door of players and coaches.
But Belichick needed some time to get up to speed on Jacksonville's personnel on Monday, he admitted, without directly indicating the team had planned to see the Steelers in a repeat of the 2017 AFC Championship. Whether it is Brady or the coaches, the Patriots' offense tends to press after their defense makes mistakes, and occasionally that means Brady forcing the ball into windows that are not their. "They should win. If Brady can get a moment in the pocket I think they can systematically move down the field".
"I think the one thing I see and the one thing I notice is, everybody is going and doing what has got us here", he said.
It isn't yet clear whether or not Brady will practice on Thursday, but he is scheduled to speak Thursday between 3:30 and 4:15 p.m., along with center David Andrews. "One of the best-looking people I've ever met".
"Ask him how he felt", Andrews said.
Another way the two teams are similar was who they needed to go through in the playoffs.
The announcement comes just days before the Pats are due to face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship game.
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