Brady completed 28 of 48 passes for 505 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions during the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday. He also rushed once for six yards and had a key fumble on a strip-sack with 2:09 remaining. Brady shattered the Super Bowl passing yardage record he'd established in last year's comeback win over the Falcons, as he was forced to play from behind for a substantial portion of Sunday's contest. The 2017 MVP connected with three pass catchers -- Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola -- for more than 100 yards apiece. He also hit Gronkowski for a pair of scores and Hogan for another, but his one turnover was enough to overshadow an otherwise spectacular performance. Brady couldn't hang on to the ball after being hit by the Eagles' Brandon Graham at the Patriots' 26-yard-line with 2:09 remaining and New England down 38-33, leading to a fumble recovery by Derek Barnett at the 28. The miscue eventually resulted in a Jake Elliott 46-yard field goal that gave the Eagles a pivotal eight-point advantage with just 1:05 remaining. The outcome was undecided until Brady's last gasp Hail Mary throw fell incomplete, but ultimately, he suffered his third Super Bowl loss in eight tries. Despite a heartbreaking conclusion, the future Hall of Famer's outstanding regular season included 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, validating the theory that he's showing no signs of decline despite heading into his age-41 season in 2018.
Brady sported a glove on his right (throwing) hand during Tuesday's media availability session in advance of Super Bowl LII, NFL.com reports. "It's a great glove," Brady noted Tuesday. "It's got a lot of recovery in it, and that's what I need." Brady, who had 12 stitches removed from his hand last week, relayed Tuesday that while his hand is "getting better," it's not quite where he wants it to be. "So I'm just trying to protect it the best way I can," Brady added. "It's obviously a very important part of my body for a quarterback, so I just want it to be as healthy as possible for the game on Sunday." Despite his ongoing recovery from the hand injury he suffered in practice leading up to the AFC championship game, Brady worked fully this past Friday and did not carry an injury designation on the Patriots' league-mandated injury report submitted later that day.
Brady had 12 stitches removed from his right hand earlier this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Brady required stitches to repair a laceration he sustained in practice leading up to the Patriots' AFC championship victory over the Jaguars. However, Brady emerged from that game setback-free, has been a full participant in practice since last Friday, and does not carry an injury designation in advance of Super Bowl LII.
Brady (right hand) practiced fully Friday. Brady was a limited participant Thursday, but his full session Friday led to him be listed without an injury designation on the Patriots' final injury report of the week. The team was required to list the game statuses of its injured players Friday as if the game were to be played this Sunday. Brady is thus in the good-to-go category in advance of Feb. 4's Super Bowl, in the absence of any setbacks. Meanwhile, star tight end Rob Gronkowski has yet to clear the NFL's concussion protocol at this stage.
Brady (right hand) was listed as a limited practice participant Thursday. Though Brady wasn't listed on Wednesday's estimated practice report, it's not surprising that the QB was listed as limited Thursday, considering reports that he had 12 stitches in his throwing hand in advance of the Patriots' win over the Jaguars in the AFC championship game. With no reports setbacks since then, we'll operate under the assumption that the QB's limitations Thursday were maintenance-related. At this stage, there's zero concern regarding Brady's availability for Super Bowl LII.
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