New England Patriots

Tom Brady can wave his hand problems goodbye. The quarterback is officially on to Super Bowl LII after doctors reportedly removed 12 stitches from his throwing hand.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network first tweeted the news of Brady’s stitches coming out on Saturday. However, the report says the procedure took place “earlier this week”.

The Patriots listed Brady as a limited participant in practice on Thursday’s injury report. But he practiced in full on Friday and Saturday, and the team left him off Friday’s projected injury report.

Tom Brady Stitches Reportedly Removed From Throwing Hand. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady high-five during a 2017 game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. The Patriots won 41-16. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

On The Mend

Both Brady and Rob Gronkowski appear closer to game shape after promising ends to their Super Bowl bye weeks. Gronkowski and Deatrich Wise both remain in the NFL’s concussion protocol, but returned to practice on Saturday.

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Brady played with a special black bandage covering the stitched area on his right hand during last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. It took another classic comeback for the Patriots to get the win, but Brady looked strong overall, throwing for 290 yards and two touchdowns.

He’s 61-for-91 (67 percent) for 627 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions in two playoff games so far. That’s good for a 105.0 passer rating. So this injury was probably never going to be an issue in the first place.

— By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

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