TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady said Thursday that the ring finger on his throwing hand is fine, though his behavior in practice indicated the injury is causing him discomfort.
“Great. I feel great,” Brady said when asked about his finger, with a hint of sarcasm that drew laughs from reporters. “It’s football season.”
Brady, who usually has Wednesdays off, was fully involved in this practice and went through a full workload on Thursday. But he was spotted during training with the media shaking his right arm several times as if he was bothered by the injury.
He is not among the 12 players listed on the team’s injury report this week.
“He’s ready to go,” coach Todd Bowles said Friday. “He’s in full practice [Friday]. He took every throw.”
Brady said his “Let’s Go!” podcast on Monday that he injured his right ring finger last week against the New Orleans Saints, but downplayed its severity.
“I hit it pretty good, but it didn’t affect me in the game at all,” Brady said. “It’s just sore during the week. But one of those bumps and bruises that comes with playing. Different things – you get hit, you get hit and you get kneed – all those things that come up. It’s a demolition derby. It’s who can recover fast enough to practice, get ready and then go play next week. So a lot of bumps and bruises to take care of during the season.”