All eyes are on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who's dealing with a hand injury he sustained in practice on Wednesday after colliding with an unnamed teammate. The injury took place just four days before their upcoming AFC Championship appearance against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, Brady suffered a cut on his thumb that caused blood to gash out, and stitches were required to close the wound. Brady had a very brief session with media members, and refused to speak about his hand and details of the injury.
But according to R.J. Bell - the founder of the Pregame.com sports betting website - Brady's hand injury may be worse, and the line could drop considerably:
Multiple private sources telling me ...— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) January 19, 2018
Tom Brady's hand injury is WORSE than the mainstream thinks.
(I would not be surprised if #Patriots drop to -7 in the near-term.)
Brady has been officially listed as questionable for the AFC Championship Game, and said "We'll see," when asked if he could play Sunday. The five-time Super Bowl champion is also dealing with a shoulder and achilles injury, so it's unknown if he'll be at full strength and health on Sunday.
The Patriots are going to need their star quarterback to be at his best in the AFC Championship. The Jaguars own arguably the NFL's best defense. They finished second in yards allowed per game, scoring defence and sacks (55). The cornerback duo of A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey was by far the best in 2017.
With the exception of a torn ACL injury that cost him the entire 2008 season, Brady has never missed a game due to injury. But Brady is 40 years of age, and the added mileage and hits on his body do not get any easier to absorb.
If Brady isn't able to play through the injuries, the Patriots may have to turn towards backup Brian Hoyer. New England traded backup Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers at the trade deadline, which prompted them to bring back Hoyer.
We'll soon find out how Brady performs, and if the Jaguars will be able to put a stop to the defending champions quest for a sixth Lombardi Trophy.