TAMPA, Fla. — Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady suffered an harm to the thumb of his proper throwing hand in Tampa Bay’s 45-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday — a recreation wherein he threw for 400-plus yards and 5 touchdowns for the primary time in his profession.
What made the feat much more exceptional for the 44-year-old signal-caller and seven-time Tremendous Bowl champion was that he performed with the harm nearly all of the sport.
“Each time it occurred, it occurred early, so it did not have an effect on him an excessive amount of,” coach Bruce Arians mentioned with a chuckle, as his workforce improved to 4-1 for sole possession of first place within the NFC South.
Brady, who totaled 411 passing yards, was seen after the sport with tape on his thumb and wrist. He has at all times professed to be “old-fashioned” in the case of accidents, preferring to not disclose a lot about them, and even to disclose them in any respect.
“In my youthful days, I most likely would have by no means confirmed you guys,” Brady mentioned. “I would most likely attempt to preserve it a secret. However, I believe, at my outdated age, I do not care a lot. It is simply form of a soccer harm, so I am going to do my greatest to prepare for this recreation — we’ll see what occurs.”
Brady may have little time to relaxation the harm. As an alternative of getting Monday to go over movie and Tuesday off, the Bucs will probably be again working towards Monday morning earlier than flying to Philadelphia on Wednesday to face the 2-3 Eagles on Thursday night time.
“We’ve got a brief week — a fast turnaround. Final 12 months, we did not do very nicely on a brief week,” Brady mentioned. “We have gotta put rather a lot into this coming recreation. [We’re] taking part in in opposition to soccer workforce in Philly that is carried out some good issues.
“It is a problem. However they’ve the identical problem, too,” Brady mentioned. “Get loads of hydration, get loads of remedy, get night time sleep after which be prepared for the week.”
The harm didn’t dampen Brady’s spirits. He bought to benefit from the win together with his 13-year-old son, Jack, who’s visiting. He additionally joked about scrambling for 13 yards within the second quarter, reaching a most velocity of 16.36 mph, in response to NFL Subsequent Gen Stats.
“I really feel quick. I am going to have some QB exterior pitches,” Brady mentioned, laughing. “I am going to go away these to the blokes who’re way more proficient than me. Many of the guys within the NFL are most likely making like 30 yards on a run like that. I can flip a 30-yarder right into a 10-yarder higher than anyone.”
“Day-after-day he involves follow, he is 12,” Arians mentioned of Brady. “I believe it is Jack on the market as an alternative of him. He is like just a little child on the market.”
Brady’s recreation on Sunday marked the 14th occasion in NFL historical past of a quarterback throwing for 400 yards with 5 passing touchdowns and 0 interceptions, in response to ESPN Stats & Data analysis. The oldest participant to take action previous to Sunday? Peyton Manning, who was 37 years, 165 days outdated in Week 1 vs. the Baltimore Ravens in 2013, when he threw for 462 yards with seven touchdowns and 0 interceptions.
In accordance with Elias Sports activities Bureau, Brady’s 15 landing passes are additionally essentially the most over the primary 5 video games of a season by a quarterback who began for the Tremendous Bowl-winning workforce the earlier season.
Brady was one among 4 QBs who had shared the earlier excessive of 14 when he achieved that by means of 5 video games in 2015.