Tom Brady did not practice Thursday and is reportedly suffering from a hand injury that may or may not impact his performance in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

This could be a legitimate concern for New England, Bart Scott said, but it could also be Tom Brady up to his typical tricks.

“Brady always seems to have an injury around a big game,” Scott said on The DA Show. “I think that’s like a built-in excuse. It looked like he has maybe the splint on the thumb. So I don’t know if he maybe was throwing a pass and hit his thumb. But if it is his thumb, that is a cause for concern.”



Scott squared off against Brady many times in his career. He doesn’t question Brady’s greatness, but he does question his injury history.

“I mean, before it was the Achilles and it’s this and that,” Scott said. “Every year during the big game, it always seems to be an injury or a phantom injury or his shoulder was messed up and we just left it off the scouting report and things like that. I don’t know. But I know if it is the thumb and he has to wear a glove, that’s going to be an indication that it was a legitimate injury.”

But if Brady actually missed practice Thursday, that’s significant, right?

“Yeah, Thursday’s an important day,” Scott said. “It’s like third down, it’s situational football, short yardage, goal line – all the things that come up with situational football. So I’d be concerned about it a little bit, but if I’m Jacksonville, I’m going in there. I think this game is going to be a lot closer than people think.”

If it is, it will be because the the Jaguars defense gets to Brady early and often. DA asked Scott how the Jacksonville D compares to the great Ravens and Jets defenses he was a part of.

“They’re a little different because they’re a 4-3,” Scott said. “They get their pressure with their down four. They rarely blitz. But they do have lockdown corners like those teams that I was a part of.”

They also have swagger. Sort of.

“They’re young and stupid,” Scott said. “You look at (Jalen) Ramsey: ‘We’re going to win (this game)’ and all that stuff. He doesn’t know (what) he doesn’t know. This is a different game, and playing at Gillette Stadium is a tough place to play. There’s certain things that you have to do. You have to win the situations in New England.”

Especially the end of the first half and the beginning of the second.

“They want to try and score within the last two minutes of the half and then they get the ball back and score again,” Scott said of the Patriots. “That’s how they go up two scores. So it’s going to be important (for the Jaguars) – when they get down there – they’re going to have to be really good in the red zone. They’re going to have to get seven instead of three, and they’re going to have to make sure that they match the situations. They’re going to have to have a plan for Gronk – and it can’t be one plan. It has to be multiple plans because you have to continue to mix it up with him. If I’m Jacksonville, I’m tackling Gronk low all day. He’s had lower-body injuries. That gets him thinking (about) guys taking his legs out.”

And if the Jaguars get a chance to hit Brady’s thumb or throwing hand, Scott said, take it.

“Yeah, all that,” Scott said. “I’m trying to bang on it, step on it, bite it – I don’t care what I got to do. Listen, I’m surprised somebody hasn’t just hit Brady late and slammed him on his head, like, ‘I just can’t take it no more. Fine me. Whatever.’ They might kick you out the league, though, if you hurt Brady. (You’d get) a lifetime suspension.”

Comments (17)
  1. Yeah. Five Super Bowl Rings, three Super Bowl MVPs, two MVPs with another for this year on the way, seven straight AFC title games and Brady needs an excuse.

  2. Seabass says:

    This guy is a total a##hole. No class. Keep eating those sour grapes, Barty McLoser

  3. John basilin says:

    Brady is fine just a way to divert attention so the Pats can prepare for another superbowl . Put the drama back on the media verses it being on the Pats

  4. JoJo says:

    Jealous much

  5. Yeah cuz Tom Brady is the only one on the team. This TEAM can beat you many ways, its not just a throwing team. Play shut down defense and run the ball down their throats. Screen, slants, end arounds, stretch plays…then there’s special teams. Get inside the 35 and its 3 points, 9 times outta 10…Brady is the GOAT, he does not need to be 100% 60% and Deion Lewis, James White, Gillespie, Burkhett and Gostkowski would send New England to the Super Bowl…besides, he’s playing coy, the press has no idea what is going on in the huddle. Gonna be a fun game

  6. Jim Dooley says:

    Brad Scott know excuses when he sees them. His whole career was one excuse after another and his jealousy of the Patriots knows no end. What was your record against the Pats? 3 – 10. Quite the pitiful excuse Bart.

  7. scfp1952 says:

    Bart Scott is a long-time Patriots hater; just the kind of guy you’d expect to put this kinda trash out there. If the Pats win on Sunday – and I’m not saying they’re gonna – what’s he gonna say then ?

    You can’t put any credence in ANYTHING Scott says about New England.

  8. Kerry says:

    Bart Scott……Shame on you for even mentioning slamming a player down to try to concuss them and take them out of the game. With everything focused around head injuries and players careers, don’t even go there. It’s that cheap shot crap that’s ruining players careers and by you mentioning it, it makes me believe that you were one of those players….How about thinking before opening your mouth………

  9. Paul Davin says:

    T.B… the very best!!! Thumb or not he can get it done!!!

  10. Bill says:

    Is that an excuse for winning the superbowl 5 times? Did you ever win one, if not what is ur excuse?

  11. Dave says:

    It would be great to hear a story that had some common sense in it.

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