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The speculation started when the Patriots PR machine posted a picture of Tom Brady with two fingers on his throwing hand taped together. Sprinkle in a Patriots mid-week injury report that Brady was dealing with a shoulder injury, and add a dash of Brady’s well-documented struggles during the 2013 season, and you have a recipe for wondering what the heck is wrong with the future Hall of Fame quarterback.
Of course, nothing quite calms the rampant cacophony of panicked Patriots fans like a big divisional win, as New England overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to emerge with a 27-17 victory over the Miami Dolphins. Following the impressive comeback, Brady himself tried to end the speculation, but photographic evidence from the game suggested otherwise. What to believe?
Brady claimed after the game that his throwing hand is “perfect,” but given close-ups by CBS during the game, that would seem to be far from true. I mean, can you see a single knuckle? His hand looks like an inflated rubber glove, or like it’s been stung by a handful of bees without an EpiPen nearby.
Then again, it’s hard to argue with #12 when he says,
“I didn’t know [how] anyone knows what the back of my right hand looks like, but it looks fine to me and it feels good,” Brady said. “I’ll be out there next week; you don’t have to worry about that.”
If he says so. But still, when his season stat line is easily confused with Geno Smith, Sam Bradford, and the like, and his throws continue to seem off the mark, it’s hard not to wonder what’s going on (or going wrong) with Brady. Heck, he even has a lower completion percentage than: Carson Palmer, Chad Henne, Christian Ponder, EJ Manuel, even MIKE GLENNON. Maybe I’m just picky, but that seems far from perfect.