Injuries mounting up for reigning champions
Quarterback Tom Brady says he should be fit and ready to play in Thursday’s clash against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he will be unable to target Rob Gronkowski as the injuries mount up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Eagles 12/5, Buccaneers 1/3 – Money Line).
Brady is unlikely to be fully fit as he takes to the field on Thursday after guiding his team to a 45-17 win over Miami Dolphins last week. The future Hall-of-Famer hurt his right thumb when he hit the helmet of Christian Wilkins during the win over the Dolphins.
Rather than sit out, Brady is determined to lead his team to glory as the Bucs (11/2 – Super Bowl LVI Outright) try to extend their record to 5-1.
When asked about his thumb, Brady told ESPN: “I think it’s just a little bit sore, but I expected it to be. But I think I should be fine for Thursday. There’s no serious injury at all. It’s more just discomfort, but I think that should be gone here in the next day or two.
“If it was my left hand, I wouldn’t even think two seconds about it. But the fact that it’s your throwing hands – there’s not many things that are that important to a quarterback.
“Probably your right shoulder, your right elbow and your right hand, so any time you know you get banged on one of those, it could be an issue.”
A rib injury means Gronkowski misses out, while Lavonte David and Antoine Winfield Jr also miss out. Ryan Jensen, Patrick O’Connor, Jason Pierre-Paul are all listed as questionable, while the Eagles will be without tackle Lane Johnson.
The Eagles are 2-3 so far this season, losing to San Fransisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs.