The main storyline entering this weekend’s NFL conference championships has revolved around the right thumb of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He reportedly suffered the nasty cut in practice Wednesday that required stitches, and the injury has put his playing status in doubt for the Patriots’ AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The culprit of this freak incident? Former Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead.
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According to NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo, Burkhead accidentally hit the throwing hand of Brady head-first, which resulted in “blood all over the place.”
As a result, Brady has been wearing gloves on the practice field (and during press conferences), but has been limited in workouts leading up to the game. However, sources around the Patriots said Brady should be able to play and be effective Sunday.
Burkhead, meanwhile, is also questionable with knee injury.