More details have emerged after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady missed Wednesday's post-practice media session as he was with the team's medical staff after suffering an in-practice injury.
According to reports, Brady suffered the injury on a handoff. But San Diego Union-Tribune's Pro Football Doc broke down just how severe the injury may have been.
"It is difficult to suffer a true laceration on a handoff, especially in practice. Also, if it were just a cut, there would be no need for X-ray.
The main possibility requiring a X-ray that could also cause a cut is an open finger dislocation.
In that case, the displaced finger joint would be so far out of place that it would tear the skin from the inside out."
According to the report, the most common location for these injuries would be the ring or pinky finger. If it's the thumb, that could affect Brady's grip on the football on Sunday, and it would be truly devastating against a hungry, young Jaguars defense.
There's no question the medical team will be working non-stop to get Brady ready to go.
Brady was one of four Patriots players -- including tight end Rob Gronkowski, safety Devin McCourty and special teams player Matthew Slater -- scheduled to speak to the media, along with head coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday, according to New England Cable News.
Brady has appeared in 35 career playoff games and owns a 26-9 record, which includes five Super Bowl wins and seven AFC conference titles.
The Patriots will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday in what will be their seventh consecutive AFC championship game appearance.
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