Tom Brady on hand: ‘My season can’t end on a handoff’
Tom Brady had to overcome a lot en route to his eighth Super Bowl berth. The loss of Julian Edelman before the season. An unflattering, distracting headline that questioned the mortality of his dynasty. Rob Gronkowski’s first-half exit in the title game.
But no hurdle got more play this week than Brady’s hand, which required multiple stitches after he collided with Patriots running back Rex Burkhead in practice on Wednesday.
I wasn’t sure on Wednesday [whether I’d play]. I thought, out of all the plays, my season can’t end on a handoff in practice. I didn’t come this far to end on a handoff, Brady explained after the game. It’s just one of those things. So I came into the training room and wasn’t quite sure what happened. But everyone did a great job of kind of getting me ready. The training staff and the doctors and Alex [Guerrero]. There was a great team effort. Without that, I definitely wouldn’t be playing.
Brady declined to divulge specifically how many stitches were placed in his hand or to even show his hand to reporters despite their prodding, joking We should keep that a secret a little longer. The quarterback did add that he expects to have the stitches removed pretty soon.
Garoppolo is a pending free agent, but after his extraordinary close to the 2017 season, an undefeated run in which he beat three playoff teams, threw for 1,560 yards and seven touchdowns with a 67.4 completion percentage and wooed the entire 49ers roster into gushing submission, there’s no justifiable excuse for San Francisco to let him walk into the open market.
We’re going to work hard to keep him as a 49er for a long, long time, Lynch said again. We want him here.
If the 49ers can manage it, it would behoove the organization to avoid tagging Garoppolo, so as to skirt the annual standoff that former Niners target Kirk Cousins has experienced and continues to experience in the nation’s capital.