Tom Coughlin kryptonite won't stop the Patriots this time

Tom Coughlin kryptonite won't stop the Patriots this time

Asked how much Brady's injury, which he suffered during a midweek practice, changes the team's preparation for Sunday's AFC title game matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Belichick said: "I don't know".

"I'm not talking about it", Brady said when asked about his hand injury.

Media reports said Brady injured his hand when a team mate ran into him at practice. In the days since, Brady canceled his media availability twice, missed Thursday's practice, and was seen wearing gloves on his hands.

Brady is listed as questionable for Sunday after being a limited participant in practice Friday. "He just hates that gnat just always around", said Dareus, who might be more familiar than any Jacksonville player with Brady, having spent six-plus seasons with the Bills.

"I mean, look, I prepare every week like I'm going to play", Hoyer said.

Brady also spoke glowingly about backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, and praised Sunday's opponent, the Jacksonville Jaguars. "I think that speaks to the explosiveness of their team". We are playing against a really good team that's good in all phases. Yes, Ben Roethlisberger carved up that defense for 469 yards and five touchdowns, but an offense led by Leonard Fournette was good enough to defeat Pittsburgh for the second time this season. Might Brady's "injury" be a ruse created to build up the Jaguars' confidence and jettison their no-one-believes-in-us mentality?

Hoyer was complimentary of the Jaguars' defense, noting that he has faced them four times in the past three years.

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The five-times Super Bowl champion, who injured his right throwing hand during practice on Wednesday, had a chance to shed some light on what has become the biggest story of the week in New England but chose to keep everyone guessing.

"You learn, ball security would be number one", he said. The gloves, the short, cryptic answers to simple questions: Friday's press conference was merely another way in which the Patriots - notorious for guarding information - did their best to keep intel as secretive as possible. Even at 40 years old, it is awesome that Brady is playing at a high level.

Veteran backup Brian Hoyer, who the Patriots signed after trading former backup Jimmy Garoppolo to the San Francisco 49ers on October 30, took all reps in Thursday's practice.

Some say that it was a minor injury, some say he will be hindered Sunday, and some are even claiming that he is unlikely to play at all.

"We're getting ready for Jacksonville", he said.

TB: "We're in the same meetings every day". He is set to play in his 12th AFC Championship Game and has won seven times to reach the Super Bowl. 'Just taking care of my body, but overall I feel good.'BULLETIN BOARD MATERIAL? "I think their front three, their linebackers, are very instinctive and very fast. So they're a good defense".

"We have to be ready".

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