New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent the se...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spent the second half of Thursday night’s preseason win over the Saints on the sidelines with his right hand wrapped in a towel. At various times, he appeared to be flexing the middle finger on his throwing hand.

It appears we know why.

Brady was spotted earlier today with athletic tape holding together his index finger and middle finger. It wasn’t in a splint — meaning it likely didn’t need to be completely immobilized — but it was all taped up.

It’s not clear if it’s broken, sprained, swollen, or none of the above. But, something isn’t right. Remember, Brady ended last season with a broken ring finger that didn’t appear to affect him too much. And he wasn’t scheduled to stay in this game more than two series on Thursday, so it didn’t alter the plans.

But how did this one happen?

Looking back at the game tape, it may have been after a first-and-10 throw with 9 minutes left in the first quarter. Brady tried to find Randy Moss deep with the Saints closing down the pocket.

It looked like Brady’s hand hit the helmet of New Orleans’ LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, who was racing around the edge, during the incomplete throw. Brady immediately looked down at his hand.

Now, the good news is Brady was 3 for 3 for 37 yards after the apparent hit. So maybe this isn’t that serious.

But it’s something to watch…

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