Tom Brady Shows the Gruesome Thumb Injury That Almost Benched Him for the Postseason

Here's a good look at the gross thumb injury Tom Brady suffered just days before the AFC Championship.

Tom Brady looks at his hand during the Super Bowl.
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Tom Brady looks at his hand during the Super Bowl.

Prior to the AFC title game it was reported that Tom Brady had injured the thumb on his throwing hand in a practice just three days before the Patriots faced (and eventually beat) the Jaguars. The injury occurred after he banged his hand off the helmet of teammate Rex Burkhead.

Fast forward to Monday (see: today) and we have finally gotten the privilege to see Brady's injury courtesy of the finale of his web series Tom vs. Time. Actually "privilege" may not be the right word. More like, this is kind of fucking gross but check it out anyway:

"When I hurt my thumb, I thought, 'This is it. This is the way the season ends,'" Brady says in the scene. "I’m looking down at my thumb as it’s split open, and I’m thinking, ‘I really don’t know what happened to my thumb, but I know it doesn’t feel good and I’m having a real hard time believing I’m going to go out and play well against the No. 1 ranked defense in four days.'"

Brady's injury ultimately required a dozen stitches, which you can get a look at right here:

As you're well aware (probably), the Patriots came back and beat the Jaguars in that AFC Championship game by a score of 24-20. Brady was 26-for-38 in the contest for 290 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks later the Patriots lost to the Eagles in the Super Bowl by a score that was quite damning for their defense (41-33). Brady was 28-for-48 in that game, as he also threw for three touchdowns in addition to a Super Bowl record 505 yards.

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