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Look: See the bandage Tom Brady has on his thumb against Eagles

Tom Brady in practice gear

Tom Brady’s status entering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night was a topic of interest throughout the week.

Brady suffered a thumb injury on his throwing hand in the Bucs’ Week 5 win gainst the Miami Dolphins, though he played through the injury. He showed up to a press conference on Tuesday with his thumb heavily wrapped.

There was never a question about whether Brady would play against Philly in Week 6. There were just questions about whether his thumb injury would impact his effectiveness.

The 44-year-old had a special bandage on his thumb against Philly to help keep everything bound together.

The wrap was so small that it was barely visible even when the FOX telecast zoomed in on it.

The bandage didn’t seem to be an issue for Brady, who went 5/6 with a touchdown pass on Tampa Bay’s opening drive against the Eagles.

Tom Brady makes shocking comment about how long he could play in NFL

Tom Brady in a Bucs jersey

Tom Brady has already defied the aging process and still looks at the top of his game even at age 44. He won a Super Bowl at age 43. He’s having an MVP-caliber season so far for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Many people thought Brady was crazy when he started talking several years ago about playing into his 40s. It was pretty shocking to hear him say he would play until he was 45. But Brady doesn’t even think that’s a challenge. He thinks he could play well past that age!

Brady spoke with Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer and shared some information about how long he thinks he could play. Brady says he could play until he’s 55 without an issue.

“I could literally play until I’m 50 or 55 if I wanted to,” Brady told Storm and Kremer. “I don’t think I will obviously, but my physical body won’t be the problem. I think it’ll be I’m just missing too much of life with my family.”

Now that is nutty. Brady playing until he is 55? He thinks he could do it physically without an issue? All it takes is one injury for his body to start breaking down, and it could all come to an end quickly. But don’t tell Tom that.

Maybe he could keep it going and make it to 50. Then we could call him Satchell Brady. And maybe his family would let him do it too.

What’s interesting is how much more confident Brady sounds about it now compared to during the summer.

Tom Brady downplays thumb injury despite wrap

Tom Brady

Tom Brady will once again test his pain tolerance this week as he works through a thumb injury he suffered Sunday.

Brady hurt his thumb in the blowout win over the Miami Dolphins, though he never left the game. The quarterback appeared at his Tuesday news conference with his thumb heavily wrapped, but said he would be fine for Thursday’s game against Philadelphia.

Brady admitted on Monday that the thumb was “a little bit sore” but said it was nothing he couldn’t deal with.

“This is something hopefully I can work through pretty quickly,” Brady said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s a little bit sore but nothing I’m not used to. I’ve certainly had worse.”

The complication for Brady is that he has a short week to recover with the Buccaneers playing Thursday night. That said, he’s proven his toughness repeatedly, and he played through much worse as recently as last year. It’s not clear how effective he’ll be, but there’s no way he won’t suit up Thursday.

Video reveals Tom Brady’s postgame message to Mac Jones

Tom Brady Mac Jones

Tom Brady had no interest in talking about Mac Jones leading up to last Sunday’s big showdown between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. However, he did have some encouraging words for the rookie after the game.

Brady and Jones met briefly at midfield following Tampa Bay’s 19-17 win. You can see their interaction in the video below:

“Good game, big guy. Way to play. Great job, great job. Keep it up,” Brady told Jones.

Compare that with what Brady said about Jones days before the game:

Jones, who was likely disappointed after a tough loss, didn’t have much of a response. He also may have just preferred to listen to what the greatest quarterback of all time had to say to him.

You could make the argument that Jones outplayed Brady, not that it mattered. The former Alabama star went 31/40 with 275 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Brady went 22/43 for 269 yards, no touchdowns and no picks.

Brady and Jones set a unique record by facing one another. Perhaps Brady will take some time to work with Jones when Brady retires, though at this point we wouldn’t be shocked if he plays just as long as the rookie.

Tom Brady shares nice tributes to Bill Belichick, Patriots on Instagram

Bill Belichick Tom Brady hug

Tom Brady always takes time to praise his teammates on Instagram after each Tampa Bay Buccaneers win, but the quarterback had flattering things to say about both his team and the one he beat in Week 4.

Brady gave shoutouts to several Bucs players on Tuesday for the role they played in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the New England Patriots. He also paid tribute to Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and many of his former teammates. Here are some of the screenshots:

Brady said leading up to Sunday’s game that he didn’t expect a “homecoming” in Foxboro, but that is basically what he got. The seven-time Super Bowl champion received a warm welcome from Patriots fans and heard chants of “Brady! Brady!” multiple times after he took the field. He also had a lengthy private meeting with Belichick.

It’s obvious Brady was touched by the way he was treated in his return.

Tom Brady reveals biggest takeaway from facing Patriots

Tom Brady

Tom Brady has admitted that he experienced a wide range of emotions before and during Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots, but the seven-time Super Bowl champion says one aspect of his return to Foxboro really stuck out.

During the latest episode of his SiriusXM podcast “Let’s Go!” with Jim Gray, Brady revealed his favorite part of returning to Gillette Stadium as a visiting player. He said it came after the final whistle blew in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 19-17 win.

“I got to see some people after the game that I just love so much. The best part of the night was having the game over and seeing them,” Brady said, as transcribed by WEEI’s Ryan Hannable. “And understanding that no matter how we compete, my relationship with those people transcends wins and losses. … The hugs, the handshakes, the congratulatory messages, all the different things that I heard really in the end to me is what continues to motivate me and inspire me.”

Brady also said it wasn’t fun playing against veterans like Kyle Van Noy, Dont’a Hightower, Matthew Slater and Devin McCourty, whom he described as “amazing people that I’ve gone to war with.”

“The reality is, sports, sometimes you go different places and now you’re on the other side of it and on the other sideline,” Brady added. “You want those guys to do so well because you know how important it is to them. You know how much it means to them.”

A lot was made about Brady’s relationship with Bill Belichick and how the 44-year-old would have loved to throttle his former team, but that didn’t happen. Brady led the Bucs to a hard-fought win, but no one wound up embarrassed. He even caught up with his former coach for a lot longer than people expected him to. In many ways, the night probably went exactly how Brady wanted it to.

Tom Brady won’t rule out returning to Patriots

Tom Brady

A lot has been made of the way Tom Brady left the New England Patriots, but the seven-time Super Bowl champion tried to make it clear on Sunday night that he has nothing but love for his former team and coach. Brady even hinted at a possible reunion down the road.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said before Sunday’s game that he is confident Brady will retire as a Patriot one day.

After his Tampa Bay Buccaneers fought their way to a 19-17 win in Foxboro, Brady was asked about Kraft’s remarks and whether he would be open to signing a one-day contract to retire as a Patriot. The 44-year-old did not rule it out.

“Are you offering me a one-day contract or did he offer me that?” Brady asked a reporter, via Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald. “(Kraft) didn’t offer me that, so … I still got some time left with the Bucs. And like I said, really enjoying that. We got a lot to accomplish this year. It’s a tough challenging year. It’s a marathon of a season. It’s only four games in. There is a lot football to be played.”

As expected, Brady had nothing but good things to say about his two decades in New England. He said there “could be an opportunity to game back here,” though he did not go into specifics.

Brady may play into his late-40s, but there’s little doubt he will always consider himself a Patriot. While there was some tension between him and Bill Belichick toward the end of his tenure with the Pats, the two future Hall of Famers proved on Sunday night that their relationship is in a good place. There’s no reason to think Brady will disappear on New Englanders after he retires.

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady meet in private after game

Bill Belichick

The postgame exchange between Tom Brady and Bill Belichick was brief and dissatisfying to many. That is likely because Belichick was saving it for after the game.

A few New England Patriots reporters said after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the New England Patriots 19-17 on Sunday night that Belichick made a special trip to the Tampa Bay locker room. Belichick went there for a private meeting with Brady that lasted just over 20 minutes.

Brady said the conversation was private.

According to Patriots reporter Jeff Howe, the meeting was coordinated before the game. This is not unusual. Oftentimes, well-known people who have histories will plan to meet at midfield for the cameras and keep it brief publicly. They will have plans to meet up afterwards privately. It seems like that was the case for Brady and Belichick.

Still, it probably couldn’t have killed Belichick to have given Brady a longer hug (see it here). Maybe he couldn’t hide his grumpiness after a disappointing loss for his Patriots.

Watch: Bill Belichick gives Tom Brady brief hug after game

Bill Belichick Tom Brady hug

Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers got the win in the matchup with the New England Patriots on Sunday night, taking the game 19-17. Not only did Brady win the divorce with Bill Belichick and his former team by winning the Super Bowl last season, but he also won the matchup between them.

Many were wondering how Belichick would handle Brady and whether the notoriously cold coach would show any warmth to his former quarterback. We got our answer.

Belichick offered some compliments to Brady leading up to the game but did not seek out the QB on the field before the game began. And when it ended, Belichick gave Brady the briefest hug possible. He appeared to tell Brady “good job” and then turned around and walked away before Brady had a chance to say something.

Brady looked like he wanted to share something more with Belichick but didn’t have the opportunity to do so. He got to share longer hugs and visits with other Patriots members, like Josh McDaniels and Matthew Slater.

Belichick isn’t much for emotion, but at least he mustered a slight hug for Brady. It was the least he could do for the quarterback who helped him win six Super Bowls.

Here is the video tribute the Patriots played for Tom Brady

Tom Brady

The New England Patriots aired a video tribute to Tom Brady on Sunday night ahead of their big game against their former quarterback.

There were major questions about whether fans would cheer or boo Brady now that he is with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Those questions were quickly answered when fans cheered Brady. After all, he won six Super Bowls for the team.

They also played him a video tribute. Here is what it looked like:

Brady played 20 seasons for the Patriots, so cutting a video down to just over a minute was probably the most difficult aspect of producing and editing it. There are limitless memories and great moments delivered for the team. But that is what the Patriots were able to boil the video down to.

Brady’s family was in attendance for the game and probably appreciated the video, as did many Patriots fans.

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