Eagles Closely Watching Injury Report on Tom Brady’s Thumb

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Getty Buccaneers QB Tom Brady.

It’s Tom Brady Week as the man who can’t stop thinking about the “Philly Special” comes to town. The seven-time Super Bowl champion holds a special place in the hearts of Eagles fans, one symbolized best by Brandon Graham’s strip-sack in 2018.

Brady is still going strong at the ripe age of 44 years old. He leads the NFL in passing yards (1,767) this season and his 15 touchdown tosses rank second. But the future Hall of Famer showed up to his post-game press conference on October 10 with a protective wrap on his throwing hand. He was seen icing it on the sideline during Tampa Bay’s 45-17 win.

Is Brady in danger of missing the Week 6 matchup versus the Eagles? It doesn’t appear so. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the Buccaneers quarterback is dealing with a thumb injury, but he’ll be good to go for kickoff on Thursday, October 14. Perhaps Brady’s hand was sore from overuse after throwing for 411 yards and five touchdowns against Miami.

“In my younger days, I probably would have never showed you guys,” Brady said of his injury, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “I’d probably try to keep it a secret. But, I think, at my old age, I don’t care so much. It’s just kind of a football injury, so I’ll do my best to get ready for this game – we’ll see what happens.”

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