Injuries: Tom Brady jams right hand, X-rays negative
The New England Patriots dodged a serious bullet ahead of Sunday’s AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, quarterback Tom Brady jammed his right throwing hand at practice Wednesday after accidentally being run into by a teammate. Brady’s X-rays, however, revealed no structural damage and the issue sounds manageable, Rapoport said.
2. Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer told reporters that safety Andrew Sendejo would go through individual drills on Wednesday after leaving last week’s win over the New Orleans Saints with a concussion. Sendejo officially was listed as a limited participant.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen (back) and defensive tackle Shamar Stephen (knee/ankle) did not practice Wednesday.
3. On a positive note for the Philadelphia Eagles, cornerback Sidney Jones (hamstring) was a full participant during Wednesday’s practice, per Rapoport.
A former head coach for the Chiefs, Haley will take over an offense that habitually flat-lined over the past two seasons under coach Hue Jackson. It’s unclear if Jackson will retain play-calling duties, but it’s impossible to imagine the hyper-experienced Haley joining the staff without full power to call his own plays.
His relationship with Big Ben aside, Haley’s offense thrived in Pittsburgh, finishing top-10 in points over the past four seasons and consistently whipping defenses with the likes of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell.
Cleveland doesn’t offer that brand of star power, but the Browns boast a talented offensive line, a handful of playmakers — Duke Johnson, Isaiah Crowell, Josh Gordon, Corey Coleman and David Njoku — and a boatload of valuable draft picks.