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Brady: 'It's been such an enjoyable offseason'

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Brady: 'It's been such an enjoyable offseason'

For the first time since his appearance at Salem State College May 7th, and just the 2nd time since the Wells Report was released, Tom Brady spoke in front of an audience.

The Patriots quarterback made light of his offseason by cracking a "it's been such an enjoyable offseason” to laughter from those in attendance at the 2015 Patriots Premiere held at Gillette Stadium.

Brady’s response came when the event’s emcee, former Pats QB and the team’s current radio color commentator Scott Zolak, asked the quarterback and several of his teammates to name the one coolest thing they did that really allowed them to celebrate as Super Bowl Champs. Matthew Slater got married 6 days after the Pats beat the Seahawks, Devin McCourty got engaged and Rob Gronkowski gushed about how much he enjoyed celebrating the title while on the Duck Boats. Brady was then pressed about cliff diving before making that remark.

The Patriots quarterback still faces a four-game suspension for his role in Deflategate and what the NFL says is a lack of cooperation. There was hope a ruling would be made on his appeal earlier Tuesday by Judge Richard Berman, however that didn’t come to pass. Berman instead indicated an order might come late in the week. That would likely bleed into the Pats preparation for their regular season opener Thursday, September 10th versus the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium. Not an easy spot for the Pats nor Brady to be in, but the quarterback appeared to be in good spirits as he talked about his experiences in Foxboro and with this organization.

“The commitment the players make, and the commitment the coaches make to try to establish such a high level of play year in and year out is something I’ve really learned from being here,” said Brady. “I try to pass those things on to the next generation of great Patriot players, and sometimes they don’t listen very well, but you just keep saying it - just like I tell my kids - and you have to repeat it over and over and over again and hopefully maybe it sinks in.”

It should be noted that a one-hour passing clinic with Brady that included lunch and a tour of the locker room raised 85,000 dollars for the Patriots Charitable Foundation in the team’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

Brady calls on Denzel for help with AFC Championship Game hype video

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Brady calls on Denzel for help with AFC Championship Game hype video

Tom Brady's thumb is apparently feeling good enough for yet another pregame social media post.

This time, TB12 calls on Denzel Washington for a little help with the narration. "Remember The Titans"? No, that was last week. We're on to Jacksonville, remember?

The hype video uses Washington's 2011 commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania for the narration: 

#LFG

Posted by Tom Brady on Saturday, January 20, 2018

Not to be outdone, Brady's BFF Julian Edelman, out all season after tearing his ACL in the preseason, provides the narration for his own hype video: 

Is it Sunday at 3 yet?

Report: Burkhead collision with Brady caused QB's injury

Report: Burkhead collision with Brady caused QB's injury

The culprit has been identified. 

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reports it was Patriots running back Rex Burkhead who collided with Tom Brady at practice, resulting in the thumb injury that has throw New England in a tizzy over the quarterback's readiness for the AFC Championship Game Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. 

"Rex Burkhead was the running back," Garafolo said on "Good Morning Football." "They were colliding as they were doing some sort of handoff in a little drill. I don't know exactly what happened, but it resulted in a cut. There was blood all over the place and it was significant."

That jibes with the account told to NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran:

Brady’s right thumb bent back badly when he was smashed into by a running back. Somehow, the ball got jammed back into the webbing between his thumb and index finger and it caused a cut. Might have been the laces. There may be stitches. He’s not taking snaps under center. He can take them in shotgun. He’s trying not to aggravate the thumb between now and kickoff so the reps are at a minimum. He can throw. I have no idea how hard, how far or how accurately.

Brady is listed as questionable for the first time for a playoff game, but Garafolo reports that TB12 "should be good to go."

"Receivers [at practice] didn't notice anything different from what I gather," Garafolo said. "We'll see how much of a factor it is if he has to squeeze it into a tight window, but from what I am told he should be good to go."

Burkhead is also listed as questionable with a knee injury. He hasn't played since the victory over the Steelers Dec. 17.