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Brady says thumb is "sore," will be ready for Eagles on Thursday

Tom Brady suffered a thumb injury in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 5 win over the Miami Dolphins. The Bucs QB told reporters the injury "nothing serious."

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Brady says thumb is "sore," will be ready for Eagles on Thursday
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Tom Brady and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are fully expecting No. 12 to be under center this Thursday night after suffering a thumb injury in the Bucs Week 5 win over the Dolphins.

Brady shakes off scare in Week 5 win

The seven-time Super Bowl champion said the injury is “nothing serious” has he sets his sights on the Philadelphia Eagles on a short week.

Late in the second quarter Brady hit a defender’s helmet on the follow through of a pass. The 44-year old carried on as if nothing happened, with camera crews, teammates and staff remaining oblivious of the knock until later in the game.

"I didn't [know]," wide receiver Mike Evans said. "But he's a tough guy obviously, one of the most durable players we've seen. He looked normal to me, so I didn't know he was injured."

No. 12 passed for three TDs post injury

Brady finished the game with five touchdown passes in the Bucs 45-17 demolition of the Dolphins. Three of those five scoring passes came after the first half injury.

Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich told reporters he didn’t now about the finger injury until “very late in the game.”

Brady had his thumb and wrist wrapped in tape while speaking to media before practice on Tuesday. This came after the Bucs decided not to have their starter throw a pass in Monday’s practice.

Not a serious injury: Brady

"I think it's just a little bit sore, but I expected it to be. But I think I should be fine for Thursday," Brady said. "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."

It’s one of the most common injuries a quarterback can suffer. Releasing a pass when under pressure from pass rushers is always a risk, but if the follow through connects with a helmet the result can be ugly.

Wilson to miss a month with similar injury

Just ask Russell Wilson who had the same thing happen to his in the Seahawks loss to the Los Angeles Rams last week. Wilson dislocated his middle finger on a similar play, and while he attempted coming back to action, the return was short lived. He had surgery to insert a couple screws in finger and the recovery time is anywhere from four to six weeks.

Bruce Arians was watching closely as Brady practiced with a glove on his throwing hand, "The little bit he threw around, I didn't see any pain or anything like that.

Brady focused on Eagles, not thumb

Brady is taking limited touches in practice, and will have a short week to prepare for an Eagles team with a “really tough defense.”

“They get a lot of pressure with those guys up front," Brady said. "They've got a talented group of players, no doubt. I think they're kind of an ascending football team. They're a very dangerous football team.”