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Brady’s absence tops Wednesday injury reports for AFC Championship Game

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As both teams headed back to the practice field Wednesday for Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, there’s a sudden story out of Patriots practice that Tom Brady has an injured hand.

The hand injury is something new that apparently limited Brady during the Patriots practice. He’s seen in the photo above early in the workout open to the Media on Wednesday.

A report from Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald later Wednesday shed some light on what happened:

And, it was enough of a concern that he skipped out on the planned media session Wednesday afternoon to receive more treatment on the hand. Purely speculating, Brady might have hit the hand on another player after throwing a pass, etc.

Of course trying to get detailed injury information out of the Bill Belichick “Iron Curtain” in Foxboro is akin to get Mafia members to turn on “the family”and reveal where the bodies are.

Good luck with both.

Back to Brady, he has been bothered by a sore Achilles down the stretch of the season and has missed some practice time with that, as well. And at 40 years of age, having played a full season and now a playoff game, you have to believe there is some wear and tear legitimacy.

Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, the most important ankle in all of North Florida belongs to Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette. Important, because it has bothered him most of the season and he re-aggravated it in the playoff win at Sunday at Pittsburgh. Fournette was able to finish the game the game Sunday tallying over 100 yards and three TDs.

However, he too was limited in practice on Wednesday, and the Jaguars are obviously going to take it easy on Fournette for the next couple of days to have him as ready as he can be for Sunday.

The other significant Jaguar injury defensively is safety Tashaun Gibson still out of practice with an injured foot. Gibson was seen in a walking boot at the Jaguars facility and his status for the Patriots game is undetermined.

Obviously, there are still three days to go to get players treated and ready for the game and you have to believe that in all three of these cases, they’re going to be out there on Sunday.

That’s especially true for Brady who will be looking to suit up in his already record 36th playoff game of his career.

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