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Tom Brady Listed As Questionable for Sunday

Tom Brady (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

The Patriots are 7-5, have lost two straight embarassing games, and now are just one game ahead of the Dolphins and Jets in the AFC East. It couldn’t get worse, could it? Well, franchise quarterback Tom Brady, fresh off celebrating the birth of his unnamed second son, is now listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Panthers. That means that he’s technically 50/50 to play on Sunday.

If Brady can’t go, Brian Hoyer would get his first career start in what has become a must-win game for the Patriots. But, it appears Brady should be able to play, despite rib/finger/shoulder injuries. From

In a quick conversation at his locker today, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady implored, “Don’t worry about me.” He seemed OK, and said he is, at least in the sense that football players are “fine” at this time of year.

If I were a bettin’ man (and I am…), then I’d say Brady will start on Sunday and will start every game the rest of the way. He could use a bye week, of course, but the Patriots have already had their week off, so Brady will have to gut it out over the remaining four games. Fortunately for the quarterback, he’s facing some mediocre competition (Panthers, Bills, Jaguars, Texans). If the Patriots win out, they win the AFC East and will host a home playoff game, so the Pats have to hope Brady remains healthy. The team should be okay if Brady is on his “A” game. Normally, I’d say that’s guaranteed, but based on recent weeks, I wouldn’t bet on it (there I go talking about gambling again…).

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