FOXBORO -- Tom Brady is going to be OK. Patriots fans can breathe easy.
An image taken by CSN chief videographer Barry Alley of Brady's right thumb, which Brady cut while trying to clean his cleats with a pair of scissors before Thursday's preseason with the Bears, revealed only a minor gash.
The Patriots quarterback said he planned to practice on Tuesday afternoon and insisted that he would be ready to play if called upon during Friday's upcoming preseason game with the Panthers.
"I'm glad it wasn't the regular season," Brady said. "I learned from it. Hopefully won't be operating any more scissors for a while."
Brady said he was dressed and ready to play against the Bears -- the team had planned for him to make the start -- until the "silly accident."
"I let out probably a pretty loud word I wouldn't repeat in front of my kids," Brady said. "I couldn't believe it. I just went and got checked out. It was just a silly accident."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick decided that Brady should not play following the incident, but Brady explained that had the same thing occured during the regular season or playoffs, he would have made sure he was out there.
Given the apparent nature of the wound five days after it was inflicted, that comes as little surprise.
"Yeah," Brady said with a smile. "I think so. Year. There's only one time I've ever missed for injury, and I wanted to go back and play that year, too. I think that's just, I've always felt like the team is counting on me to be out there, and I'm going to do everything I can to be out there playing. I wanted to go the other night, but I think Coach made a great decision."