FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots were all coached up to say the same thing about the injury status of quarterback Tom Brady, which meant basically nothing.
The injury report told enough to give the New England region a reason to pause.
Brady, who suffered a right hand injury in practice on Wednesday, didn’t participate in Thursday’s session.
He was a limited participant on Wednesday, and the guess is the limit came after he hurt his hand.
While, on Wednesday, there didn’t appear much concern about Brady’s status for Sunday’s AFC championship with the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars among the players, there was a concentrated effort on Thursday to say very little.
So for the second straight day, Brady was unable to meet the media in a scheduled press conference. He is now scheduled to talk to the media on Friday, as is coach Bill Belichick.
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The only information that was released was the injury report.
The 40-year-old Brady hasn’t missed a game due to injury since 2008. Brady has played in an NFL-record 11 conference championship games. He has guided New England to seven conference championships and five Super Bowl titles and has played in an NFL-best 35 postseason games.
Needless to say, one of the more requested soundbites on Thursday came from Brian Hoyer, the Patriots’ backup quarterback.
“I prepare every week like I am going to play; whether I do or don’t that’s not up to me,” Hoyer said.
This is Hoyer’s second stint as a Patriots reserve quarterback.
He began the season as San Francisco’s starter and completed 119 of 205 passes for 1,245 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.
After being cut by the 49ers, he signed with the Pats on Nov. 1 and has attempted only six passes since.
“I think the one thing that I can benefit from since I was here as the backup last time, is I have played a lot of football,” Hoyer said. “I have been a starter on three different teams, I know how to prepare as a starter and whether I am getting those reps or not, each rep that I am not taking I take as a mental rep.”
While the media didn’t witness the bulk of practice, rest assured that Thursday was a day Hoyer received plenty of physical reps.