BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Tom Brady was down to one glove on Tuesday, but the New England Patriots quarterback acknowledged that his right hand is “not where I want it to be” five days before Super Bowl LII.
Brady required 12 stitches after suffering a cut on his throwing hand in practice leading up to the AFC Championship Game two weeks ago. He has been coy about the injury since, regularly wearing gloves on both hands, including during Media Night on Monday.
He arrived to Tuesday’s press availability sporting a glove only on his throwing hand – one specifically made for Brady by Under Armour that he said “has a lot of recovery in it.”
“It’s getting better,” Brady said of the hand. “I’m just trying to take care of it.”
–A regular topic this week has been Brady’s playing future. The 40-year-old has stated in the past that he plans to play several more years, but Brady continues to be reflective as he prepares for his eighth Super Bowl.
Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen have two children, and the quarterback plans to spend a lot of time at home following Sunday’s Super Bowl against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“When the season ends, they deserve all of my time and energy, and they’re going to get it,” said Brady, who acknowledged that the pulls of family life get more difficult each year. “We still have a lot of life to live. I’m sure (Gisele) is looking forward to me being home more. A lot falls on her plate, so I’m very, very lucky.”
–Noticeably absent again on Tuesday was tight end Rob Gronkowski, who remains in the league’s concussion protocol.
“Rob’s a tough guy, but this isn’t something you can just fight through,” said Brady. “We’re hopeful (he’ll play Sunday).”
–James White had six touches for just 26 yards in the AFC Championship Game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he did score a touchdown. That came after scoring twice and producing 40 yards on eight touches in the divisional-round victory over Tennessee.
In a backfield that also includes Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden, how many snaps each plays is often dictated by the game plan for that specific opponent and the game situation.
“We all have our roles on the team,” said White. “One week you might play 10 snaps, the next week you might play 30.
“We have a lot of guys on this team that are versatile. Just be ready for the moment. (Offensive coordinator Josh) McDaniels does a great job of putting guys in position to succeed.”
–Brandin Cooks arrived to the Patriots in an offseason trade after spending his first three seasons catching passes in New Orleans from another future Hall of Fame quarterback in Drew Brees.
However, he said it wasn’t difficult to transition from one high-powered offense to another. And one thing he doesn’t do is counter any direction he gets from Brady in the huddle.
“He’s been playing this game a lot longer than me,” Cooks said with a chuckle. “If he sees it one way, then that’s the way it is.”
–By Derek Harper, Field Level Media