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<p>There are many ways to respond to the rumors that <strong>Tom Brady</strong> might not be 100% healthy. After word <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/17/tom-brady-cancels-media-session-meet-with-medical-staff/Y3TSGLiVGgFcf1oxJD6kYJ/story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:circulated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">circulated</a> that the 40-year-old jammed his right hand and suffered a cut during a handoff Wednesday—and even more so after he missed practice Thursday—we saw just about all of those ways play out. From afar, Dr. David Chao <a href="http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/profootballdoc/sd-sp-pfd-brady-hand-finger-dislocation-0118-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:suggested" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">suggested</a> Brady may have an open finger dislocation. Riley McAtee <a href="https://www.theringer.com/nfl-playoffs/2018/1/18/16906646/tom-brady-thumb-injury-new-england-patriots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:investigated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">investigated</a> reports that Brady&#39;s thumb looked boxy in a glove during the open period of practice by looking at blown-up photos (then again, whose thumb doesn&#39;t look weird at 12x). Doug Kyed <a href="https://nesn.com/2018/01/patriots-took-tom-bradys-injury-lightly-which-seems-like-a-good-sign/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:analyzed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">analyzed</a> the humor in teammates&#39; responses to questions about the hand and came away optimistic. Jaguars defensive tackle <strong>Malik Jackson</strong> also <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/18/malik-jackson-isnt-buying-that-tom-brady-is-injured/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:seemed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">seemed</a> to doubt the seriousness of Brady&#39;s condition.</p><p>Surely, we&#39;ll get many more suggestions, investigations, analyses, and doubts today as Brady is scheduled to put his hands on the podium and speak to the media. But this is far from the first instance of panic over Brady&#39;s health before a big game. Remember Brady&#39;s &quot;<a href="https://nesn.com/2014/01/report-tom-brady-will-start-in-afc-championship-game-could-be-sick/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:flu-like" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">flu-like</a>&quot; symptoms before the 2014 AFC championship game in Denver? Or the boot he was <a href="http://archive.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2008/01/21/brady_spotted_in_what_appears_to_be_walking_boot/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spotted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spotted</a> in before Super Bowl XLII? In January 2005, he had a 103-degree fever the night before the AFC title game. </p><p>He lost two of those three games. So, what does that tell us? Absolutely nothing, of course. We won&#39;t know a thing about Brady&#39;s hand until he takes the field Sunday, when he will be closely watched every time he drops back to pass. As usual.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>You must read Jenny Vrentas&#39; <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/bill-belichick-nick-saban-friendship-relationship-patriots-alabama-browns?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:story of the 36-year friendship" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">story of the 36-year friendship</a> between <strong>Nick Saban</strong> and <strong>Bill Belichick</strong> ... Conor Orr makes <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/malcolm-jenkins-philadelphia-eagles-2018-nfl-playoffs-jim-schwartz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the case for" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the case for</a> <strong>Malcolm Jenkins</strong> as the Eagles&#39; most important player Sunday ... Robert Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/jacksonville-jaguars-doug-marrone-marcell-dareus-buffalo-bills" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spoke with" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spoke with</a> <strong>Marcell Dareus</strong> about how <strong>Doug Marrone</strong> has changed since leaving Buffalo ... <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more.</a></p><p><b>LATER TODAY:</b> Conor Orr debuts the misery rankings ... Tim Rohan talks football with <strong>Tony Boselli</strong> ... Andy Benoit deep dives <strong>Nick Foles</strong> ... and more. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stay tuned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stay tuned</a>.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:</b> Ben Baskin <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/17/case-keenum-eagles-vikings-nfc-championship-game" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asked" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asked</a> <strong>Case Keenum</strong> about his miracle touchdown ... Conor Orr (that guy&#39;s busy, huh) <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/16/scouting-new-england-patriots-using-steve-belichicks-scouting-manual" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:scouted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">scouted</a> the Patriots using <strong>Steve </strong><strong>Belichick</strong>&#39;s manual ... <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. A new study, published in <i>Brain</i>, <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/18/578355877/repeated-head-hits-not-concussions-may-be-behind-a-type-of-chronic-brain-damage" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:found" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">found</a> that subconcussive hits can lead to CTE (the full study is <a href="https://academic.oup.com/brain/advance-article/doi/10.1093/brain/awx350/4815697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> if you&#39;re interested). &quot;We&#39;re really worried about the many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt—their brain is getting hurt—but are not getting help because we can&#39;t see the evidence on the outside that their brain is actually hurt,&quot; said Dr. Lee Goldstein, the study&#39;s lead investigator. &quot;It&#39;s a silent injury.&quot;? Meanwhile, some former players <a href="https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/nfl-concussion-flag-football-harry-carson-1.16246288" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:are hoping" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">are hoping</a> kids won&#39;t play tackle football before age 14.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>Following the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback <strong>Tyler Hilinski</strong>, former Cougars QB <strong>Drew Bledsoe</strong> posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. &quot;As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!!,&quot; he <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BeEh6wmHmh2/?hl=en&#38;taken-by=drewbledsoe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote</a>. &quot;Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!!&quot;</p><p><b>3. </b>&quot;I know your first question,&quot; Falcons coach <strong>Dan Quinn</strong> <a href="http://www.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-news-today/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> Thursday, &quot;and I&#39;m not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark (embattled offensive coordinator <strong>Steve Sarkisian</strong>) is coming back in 2018.&quot;</p><p><b>4.</b> Sunday, Vikings safety <strong>Terence Newman</strong> will play his 231st career game—and his first conference championship tilt. &quot;Words don’t really do it,&quot; Newman <a href="http://www.startribune.com/for-vikings-veteran-terence-newman-maybe-these-playoffs-have-a-payoff/469842563/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;But knowing we have a chance. That’s all anyone could ever ask for in anything in life—an opportunity, a chance to be great and do great things. We have a chance to do that.”?</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Two members of the Eagles&#39; analytics team communicate with <strong>Doug Pederson</strong> during games. That&#39;s one of several tidbits in this <a href="http://www.espn.com/blog/philadelphia-eagles/post/_/id/23896" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:story" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">story</a> on Philadelphia&#39;s embrace of numbers.</p><p><b>6. </b>With Saints punter <strong>Thomas </strong><strong>Morstead</strong>&#39;s charity having <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22143549/saints-punter-thomas-morstead-set-deliver-donations-vikings-fans-back-minnesota?sf179587049=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:received" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">received</a> nearly $200,000 from Vikings fans, Josh Katzenstein set out to <a href="http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_vikings_extra_point.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:learn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">learn</a> how Morstead ended up running back onto the field for Sunday&#39;s meaningless extra point, setting off the giving spree.</p><p><strong>7.</strong> Take this for what you will: the Broncos staff will <a href="https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/18/senior-bowl-roster-broncos-baker-mayfield-josh-allen/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coach</a> <strong>Baker Mayfield</strong> and <strong>Josh Allen</strong> at the Senior Bowl.</p><p><strong>8. </strong>This is inside baseball, but also noteworthy: NFL chief spokesman <strong>Joe Lockhart</strong> is leaving the organization. &quot;After the season, I plan to take some time off, do some political commentary, maybe go back to teaching if I can find some students willing to listen,&quot; he <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/01/18/joe-lockhart-leaving-nfl-as-chief-spokesman/?utm_term=.742a37b8cfb1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reportedly wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reportedly wrote</a> in a memo to league staff members. &quot;I will be available to all of you should an old man’s advice ever be of interest.&quot;?</p><p><b>9. </b>I&#39;m not sure what the Detroit Free Press is going to have left to write about after <strong>Matt Patricia</strong> is actually announced as head coach. Here&#39;s another <a href="https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/18/detroit-lions-matt-patricia-coach/1016622001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dive" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dive</a> by Dave Birkett, going back to Patricia&#39;s time growing up under two schoolteachers in Sherrill, N.Y.</p><p><strong>10. </strong>Ok, fine. Here&#39;s <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2018/insider/story/_/id/22134110" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a mock draft" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a mock draft</a>. I won&#39;t tell anyone you clicked it.</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>If <strong>Doug Marrone</strong> upsets the Patriots Sunday, he might have a group of first graders <a href="http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-17/jaguars-notebook-bolles-first-graders-lend-marrone-helping-hand" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:to thank" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">to thank</a>.</p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Tom Brady's Hand To Appear Before Media Friday

There are many ways to respond to the rumors that Tom Brady might not be 100% healthy. After word circulated that the 40-year-old jammed his right hand and suffered a cut during a handoff Wednesday—and even more so after he missed practice Thursday—we saw just about all of those ways play out. From afar, Dr. David Chao suggested Brady may have an open finger dislocation. Riley McAtee investigated reports that Brady's thumb looked boxy in a glove during the open period of practice by looking at blown-up photos (then again, whose thumb doesn't look weird at 12x). Doug Kyed analyzed the humor in teammates' responses to questions about the hand and came away optimistic. Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson also seemed to doubt the seriousness of Brady's condition.

Surely, we'll get many more suggestions, investigations, analyses, and doubts today as Brady is scheduled to put his hands on the podium and speak to the media. But this is far from the first instance of panic over Brady's health before a big game. Remember Brady's "flu-like" symptoms before the 2014 AFC championship game in Denver? Or the boot he was spotted in before Super Bowl XLII? In January 2005, he had a 103-degree fever the night before the AFC title game.

He lost two of those three games. So, what does that tell us? Absolutely nothing, of course. We won't know a thing about Brady's hand until he takes the field Sunday, when he will be closely watched every time he drops back to pass. As usual.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: You must read Jenny Vrentas' story of the 36-year friendship between Nick Saban and Bill Belichick ... Conor Orr makes the case for Malcolm Jenkins as the Eagles' most important player Sunday ... Robert Klemko spoke with Marcell Dareus about how Doug Marrone has changed since leaving Buffalo ... and more.

LATER TODAY: Conor Orr debuts the misery rankings ... Tim Rohan talks football with Tony Boselli ... Andy Benoit deep dives Nick Foles ... and more. Stay tuned.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Ben Baskin asked Case Keenum about his miracle touchdown ... Conor Orr (that guy's busy, huh) scouted the Patriots using Steve Belichick's manual ... and more.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. A new study, published in Brain, found that subconcussive hits can lead to CTE (the full study is here if you're interested). "We're really worried about the many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt—their brain is getting hurt—but are not getting help because we can't see the evidence on the outside that their brain is actually hurt," said Dr. Lee Goldstein, the study's lead investigator. "It's a silent injury."? Meanwhile, some former players are hoping kids won't play tackle football before age 14.

2. Following the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, former Cougars QB Drew Bledsoe posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. "As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!!," he wrote. "Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!!"

3. "I know your first question," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Thursday, "and I'm not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark (embattled offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian) is coming back in 2018."

4. Sunday, Vikings safety Terence Newman will play his 231st career game—and his first conference championship tilt. "Words don’t really do it," Newman said. "But knowing we have a chance. That’s all anyone could ever ask for in anything in life—an opportunity, a chance to be great and do great things. We have a chance to do that.”?

5. Two members of the Eagles' analytics team communicate with Doug Pederson during games. That's one of several tidbits in this story on Philadelphia's embrace of numbers.

6. With Saints punter Thomas Morstead's charity having received nearly $200,000 from Vikings fans, Josh Katzenstein set out to learn how Morstead ended up running back onto the field for Sunday's meaningless extra point, setting off the giving spree.

7. Take this for what you will: the Broncos staff will coach Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl.

8. This is inside baseball, but also noteworthy: NFL chief spokesman Joe Lockhart is leaving the organization. "After the season, I plan to take some time off, do some political commentary, maybe go back to teaching if I can find some students willing to listen," he reportedly wrote in a memo to league staff members. "I will be available to all of you should an old man’s advice ever be of interest."?

9. I'm not sure what the Detroit Free Press is going to have left to write about after Matt Patricia is actually announced as head coach. Here's another dive by Dave Birkett, going back to Patricia's time growing up under two schoolteachers in Sherrill, N.Y.

10. Ok, fine. Here's a mock draft. I won't tell anyone you clicked it.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

If Doug Marrone upsets the Patriots Sunday, he might have a group of first graders to thank.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p>There are many ways to respond to the rumors that <strong>Tom Brady</strong> might not be 100% healthy. After word <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/17/tom-brady-cancels-media-session-meet-with-medical-staff/Y3TSGLiVGgFcf1oxJD6kYJ/story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:circulated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">circulated</a> that the 40-year-old jammed his right hand and suffered a cut during a handoff Wednesday—and even more so after he missed practice Thursday—we saw just about all of those ways play out. From afar, Dr. David Chao <a href="http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/profootballdoc/sd-sp-pfd-brady-hand-finger-dislocation-0118-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:suggested" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">suggested</a> Brady may have an open finger dislocation. Riley McAtee <a href="https://www.theringer.com/nfl-playoffs/2018/1/18/16906646/tom-brady-thumb-injury-new-england-patriots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:investigated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">investigated</a> reports that Brady&#39;s thumb looked boxy in a glove during the open period of practice by looking at blown-up photos (then again, whose thumb doesn&#39;t look weird at 12x). Doug Kyed <a href="https://nesn.com/2018/01/patriots-took-tom-bradys-injury-lightly-which-seems-like-a-good-sign/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:analyzed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">analyzed</a> the humor in teammates&#39; responses to questions about the hand and came away optimistic. Jaguars defensive tackle <strong>Malik Jackson</strong> also <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/18/malik-jackson-isnt-buying-that-tom-brady-is-injured/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:seemed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">seemed</a> to doubt the seriousness of Brady&#39;s condition.</p><p>Surely, we&#39;ll get many more suggestions, investigations, analyses, and doubts today as Brady is scheduled to put his hands on the podium and speak to the media. But this is far from the first instance of panic over Brady&#39;s health before a big game. Remember Brady&#39;s &quot;<a href="https://nesn.com/2014/01/report-tom-brady-will-start-in-afc-championship-game-could-be-sick/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:flu-like" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">flu-like</a>&quot; symptoms before the 2014 AFC championship game in Denver? Or the boot he was <a href="http://archive.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2008/01/21/brady_spotted_in_what_appears_to_be_walking_boot/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spotted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spotted</a> in before Super Bowl XLII? In January 2005, he had a 103-degree fever the night before the AFC title game. </p><p>He lost two of those three games. So, what does that tell us? Absolutely nothing, of course. We won&#39;t know a thing about Brady&#39;s hand until he takes the field Sunday, when he will be closely watched every time he drops back to pass. As usual.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>You must read Jenny Vrentas&#39; <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/bill-belichick-nick-saban-friendship-relationship-patriots-alabama-browns?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:story of the 36-year friendship" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">story of the 36-year friendship</a> between <strong>Nick Saban</strong> and <strong>Bill Belichick</strong> ... Conor Orr makes <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/malcolm-jenkins-philadelphia-eagles-2018-nfl-playoffs-jim-schwartz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the case for" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the case for</a> <strong>Malcolm Jenkins</strong> as the Eagles&#39; most important player Sunday ... Robert Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/jacksonville-jaguars-doug-marrone-marcell-dareus-buffalo-bills" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spoke with" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spoke with</a> <strong>Marcell Dareus</strong> about how <strong>Doug Marrone</strong> has changed since leaving Buffalo ... <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more.</a></p><p><b>LATER TODAY:</b> Conor Orr debuts the misery rankings ... Tim Rohan talks football with <strong>Tony Boselli</strong> ... Andy Benoit deep dives <strong>Nick Foles</strong> ... and more. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stay tuned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stay tuned</a>.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:</b> Ben Baskin <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/17/case-keenum-eagles-vikings-nfc-championship-game" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asked" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asked</a> <strong>Case Keenum</strong> about his miracle touchdown ... Conor Orr (that guy&#39;s busy, huh) <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/16/scouting-new-england-patriots-using-steve-belichicks-scouting-manual" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:scouted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">scouted</a> the Patriots using <strong>Steve </strong><strong>Belichick</strong>&#39;s manual ... <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. A new study, published in <i>Brain</i>, <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/18/578355877/repeated-head-hits-not-concussions-may-be-behind-a-type-of-chronic-brain-damage" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:found" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">found</a> that subconcussive hits can lead to CTE (the full study is <a href="https://academic.oup.com/brain/advance-article/doi/10.1093/brain/awx350/4815697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> if you&#39;re interested). &quot;We&#39;re really worried about the many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt—their brain is getting hurt—but are not getting help because we can&#39;t see the evidence on the outside that their brain is actually hurt,&quot; said Dr. Lee Goldstein, the study&#39;s lead investigator. &quot;It&#39;s a silent injury.&quot;? Meanwhile, some former players <a href="https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/nfl-concussion-flag-football-harry-carson-1.16246288" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:are hoping" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">are hoping</a> kids won&#39;t play tackle football before age 14.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>Following the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback <strong>Tyler Hilinski</strong>, former Cougars QB <strong>Drew Bledsoe</strong> posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. &quot;As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!!,&quot; he <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BeEh6wmHmh2/?hl=en&#38;taken-by=drewbledsoe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote</a>. &quot;Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!!&quot;</p><p><b>3. </b>&quot;I know your first question,&quot; Falcons coach <strong>Dan Quinn</strong> <a href="http://www.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-news-today/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> Thursday, &quot;and I&#39;m not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark (embattled offensive coordinator <strong>Steve Sarkisian</strong>) is coming back in 2018.&quot;</p><p><b>4.</b> Sunday, Vikings safety <strong>Terence Newman</strong> will play his 231st career game—and his first conference championship tilt. &quot;Words don’t really do it,&quot; Newman <a href="http://www.startribune.com/for-vikings-veteran-terence-newman-maybe-these-playoffs-have-a-payoff/469842563/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;But knowing we have a chance. That’s all anyone could ever ask for in anything in life—an opportunity, a chance to be great and do great things. We have a chance to do that.”?</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Two members of the Eagles&#39; analytics team communicate with <strong>Doug Pederson</strong> during games. That&#39;s one of several tidbits in this <a href="http://www.espn.com/blog/philadelphia-eagles/post/_/id/23896" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:story" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">story</a> on Philadelphia&#39;s embrace of numbers.</p><p><b>6. </b>With Saints punter <strong>Thomas </strong><strong>Morstead</strong>&#39;s charity having <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22143549/saints-punter-thomas-morstead-set-deliver-donations-vikings-fans-back-minnesota?sf179587049=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:received" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">received</a> nearly $200,000 from Vikings fans, Josh Katzenstein set out to <a href="http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_vikings_extra_point.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:learn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">learn</a> how Morstead ended up running back onto the field for Sunday&#39;s meaningless extra point, setting off the giving spree.</p><p><strong>7.</strong> Take this for what you will: the Broncos staff will <a href="https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/18/senior-bowl-roster-broncos-baker-mayfield-josh-allen/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coach</a> <strong>Baker Mayfield</strong> and <strong>Josh Allen</strong> at the Senior Bowl.</p><p><strong>8. </strong>This is inside baseball, but also noteworthy: NFL chief spokesman <strong>Joe Lockhart</strong> is leaving the organization. &quot;After the season, I plan to take some time off, do some political commentary, maybe go back to teaching if I can find some students willing to listen,&quot; he <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/01/18/joe-lockhart-leaving-nfl-as-chief-spokesman/?utm_term=.742a37b8cfb1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reportedly wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reportedly wrote</a> in a memo to league staff members. &quot;I will be available to all of you should an old man’s advice ever be of interest.&quot;?</p><p><b>9. </b>I&#39;m not sure what the Detroit Free Press is going to have left to write about after <strong>Matt Patricia</strong> is actually announced as head coach. Here&#39;s another <a href="https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/18/detroit-lions-matt-patricia-coach/1016622001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dive" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dive</a> by Dave Birkett, going back to Patricia&#39;s time growing up under two schoolteachers in Sherrill, N.Y.</p><p><strong>10. </strong>Ok, fine. Here&#39;s <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2018/insider/story/_/id/22134110" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a mock draft" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a mock draft</a>. I won&#39;t tell anyone you clicked it.</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>If <strong>Doug Marrone</strong> upsets the Patriots Sunday, he might have a group of first graders <a href="http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-17/jaguars-notebook-bolles-first-graders-lend-marrone-helping-hand" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:to thank" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">to thank</a>.</p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Tom Brady's Hand To Appear Before Media Friday

There are many ways to respond to the rumors that Tom Brady might not be 100% healthy. After word circulated that the 40-year-old jammed his right hand and suffered a cut during a handoff Wednesday—and even more so after he missed practice Thursday—we saw just about all of those ways play out. From afar, Dr. David Chao suggested Brady may have an open finger dislocation. Riley McAtee investigated reports that Brady's thumb looked boxy in a glove during the open period of practice by looking at blown-up photos (then again, whose thumb doesn't look weird at 12x). Doug Kyed analyzed the humor in teammates' responses to questions about the hand and came away optimistic. Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson also seemed to doubt the seriousness of Brady's condition.

Surely, we'll get many more suggestions, investigations, analyses, and doubts today as Brady is scheduled to put his hands on the podium and speak to the media. But this is far from the first instance of panic over Brady's health before a big game. Remember Brady's "flu-like" symptoms before the 2014 AFC championship game in Denver? Or the boot he was spotted in before Super Bowl XLII? In January 2005, he had a 103-degree fever the night before the AFC title game.

He lost two of those three games. So, what does that tell us? Absolutely nothing, of course. We won't know a thing about Brady's hand until he takes the field Sunday, when he will be closely watched every time he drops back to pass. As usual.

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HOT READS

NOW ON THE MMQB: You must read Jenny Vrentas' story of the 36-year friendship between Nick Saban and Bill Belichick ... Conor Orr makes the case for Malcolm Jenkins as the Eagles' most important player Sunday ... Robert Klemko spoke with Marcell Dareus about how Doug Marrone has changed since leaving Buffalo ... and more.

LATER TODAY: Conor Orr debuts the misery rankings ... Tim Rohan talks football with Tony Boselli ... Andy Benoit deep dives Nick Foles ... and more. Stay tuned.

WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Ben Baskin asked Case Keenum about his miracle touchdown ... Conor Orr (that guy's busy, huh) scouted the Patriots using Steve Belichick's manual ... and more.

PRESS COVERAGE

1. A new study, published in Brain, found that subconcussive hits can lead to CTE (the full study is here if you're interested). "We're really worried about the many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt—their brain is getting hurt—but are not getting help because we can't see the evidence on the outside that their brain is actually hurt," said Dr. Lee Goldstein, the study's lead investigator. "It's a silent injury."? Meanwhile, some former players are hoping kids won't play tackle football before age 14.

2. Following the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, former Cougars QB Drew Bledsoe posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. "As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!!," he wrote. "Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!!"

3. "I know your first question," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Thursday, "and I'm not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark (embattled offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian) is coming back in 2018."

4. Sunday, Vikings safety Terence Newman will play his 231st career game—and his first conference championship tilt. "Words don’t really do it," Newman said. "But knowing we have a chance. That’s all anyone could ever ask for in anything in life—an opportunity, a chance to be great and do great things. We have a chance to do that.”?

5. Two members of the Eagles' analytics team communicate with Doug Pederson during games. That's one of several tidbits in this story on Philadelphia's embrace of numbers.

6. With Saints punter Thomas Morstead's charity having received nearly $200,000 from Vikings fans, Josh Katzenstein set out to learn how Morstead ended up running back onto the field for Sunday's meaningless extra point, setting off the giving spree.

7. Take this for what you will: the Broncos staff will coach Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl.

8. This is inside baseball, but also noteworthy: NFL chief spokesman Joe Lockhart is leaving the organization. "After the season, I plan to take some time off, do some political commentary, maybe go back to teaching if I can find some students willing to listen," he reportedly wrote in a memo to league staff members. "I will be available to all of you should an old man’s advice ever be of interest."?

9. I'm not sure what the Detroit Free Press is going to have left to write about after Matt Patricia is actually announced as head coach. Here's another dive by Dave Birkett, going back to Patricia's time growing up under two schoolteachers in Sherrill, N.Y.

10. Ok, fine. Here's a mock draft. I won't tell anyone you clicked it.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

If Doug Marrone upsets the Patriots Sunday, he might have a group of first graders to thank.

Question? Comment? Story idea? Let the team know at talkback@themmqb.com

<p>There are many ways to respond to the rumors that <strong>Tom Brady</strong> might not be 100% healthy. After word <a href="https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/01/17/tom-brady-cancels-media-session-meet-with-medical-staff/Y3TSGLiVGgFcf1oxJD6kYJ/story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:circulated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">circulated</a> that the 40-year-old jammed his right hand and suffered a cut during a handoff Wednesday—and even more so after he missed practice Thursday—we saw just about all of those ways play out. From afar, Dr. David Chao <a href="http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sports/profootballdoc/sd-sp-pfd-brady-hand-finger-dislocation-0118-story.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:suggested" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">suggested</a> Brady may have an open finger dislocation. Riley McAtee <a href="https://www.theringer.com/nfl-playoffs/2018/1/18/16906646/tom-brady-thumb-injury-new-england-patriots" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:investigated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">investigated</a> reports that Brady&#39;s thumb looked boxy in a glove during the open period of practice by looking at blown-up photos (then again, whose thumb doesn&#39;t look weird at 12x). Doug Kyed <a href="https://nesn.com/2018/01/patriots-took-tom-bradys-injury-lightly-which-seems-like-a-good-sign/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:analyzed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">analyzed</a> the humor in teammates&#39; responses to questions about the hand and came away optimistic. Jaguars defensive tackle <strong>Malik Jackson</strong> also <a href="http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/01/18/malik-jackson-isnt-buying-that-tom-brady-is-injured/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:seemed" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">seemed</a> to doubt the seriousness of Brady&#39;s condition.</p><p>Surely, we&#39;ll get many more suggestions, investigations, analyses, and doubts today as Brady is scheduled to put his hands on the podium and speak to the media. But this is far from the first instance of panic over Brady&#39;s health before a big game. Remember Brady&#39;s &quot;<a href="https://nesn.com/2014/01/report-tom-brady-will-start-in-afc-championship-game-could-be-sick/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:flu-like" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">flu-like</a>&quot; symptoms before the 2014 AFC championship game in Denver? Or the boot he was <a href="http://archive.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/articles/2008/01/21/brady_spotted_in_what_appears_to_be_walking_boot/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spotted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spotted</a> in before Super Bowl XLII? In January 2005, he had a 103-degree fever the night before the AFC title game. </p><p>He lost two of those three games. So, what does that tell us? Absolutely nothing, of course. We won&#39;t know a thing about Brady&#39;s hand until he takes the field Sunday, when he will be closely watched every time he drops back to pass. As usual.</p><p><b><i>Not getting this newsletter in your inbox yet?</i></b> <a href="https://www.si.com/static/newsletter/signup" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><i>Join The MMQB’s Morning Huddle</i></a><i>.</i></p><h3><strong>HOT READS</strong></h3><p><b>NOW ON THE MMQB: </b>You must read Jenny Vrentas&#39; <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/bill-belichick-nick-saban-friendship-relationship-patriots-alabama-browns?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:story of the 36-year friendship" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">story of the 36-year friendship</a> between <strong>Nick Saban</strong> and <strong>Bill Belichick</strong> ... Conor Orr makes <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/malcolm-jenkins-philadelphia-eagles-2018-nfl-playoffs-jim-schwartz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:the case for" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">the case for</a> <strong>Malcolm Jenkins</strong> as the Eagles&#39; most important player Sunday ... Robert Klemko <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/18/jacksonville-jaguars-doug-marrone-marcell-dareus-buffalo-bills" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:spoke with" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">spoke with</a> <strong>Marcell Dareus</strong> about how <strong>Doug Marrone</strong> has changed since leaving Buffalo ... <a href="http://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more." class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more.</a></p><p><b>LATER TODAY:</b> Conor Orr debuts the misery rankings ... Tim Rohan talks football with <strong>Tony Boselli</strong> ... Andy Benoit deep dives <strong>Nick Foles</strong> ... and more. <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl?utm_campaign=mmqb&#38;utm_source=si.com&#38;utm_medium=email" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Stay tuned" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Stay tuned</a>.</p><p><b>WHAT YOU MAY HAVE MISSED:</b> Ben Baskin <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/17/case-keenum-eagles-vikings-nfc-championship-game" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:asked" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">asked</a> <strong>Case Keenum</strong> about his miracle touchdown ... Conor Orr (that guy&#39;s busy, huh) <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/01/16/scouting-new-england-patriots-using-steve-belichicks-scouting-manual" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:scouted" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">scouted</a> the Patriots using <strong>Steve </strong><strong>Belichick</strong>&#39;s manual ... <a href="https://www.si.com/nfl" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:and more" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">and more</a>.</p><h3><b>PRESS COVERAGE</b></h3><p><strong>1</strong>. A new study, published in <i>Brain</i>, <a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/01/18/578355877/repeated-head-hits-not-concussions-may-be-behind-a-type-of-chronic-brain-damage" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:found" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">found</a> that subconcussive hits can lead to CTE (the full study is <a href="https://academic.oup.com/brain/advance-article/doi/10.1093/brain/awx350/4815697" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:here" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">here</a> if you&#39;re interested). &quot;We&#39;re really worried about the many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt—their brain is getting hurt—but are not getting help because we can&#39;t see the evidence on the outside that their brain is actually hurt,&quot; said Dr. Lee Goldstein, the study&#39;s lead investigator. &quot;It&#39;s a silent injury.&quot;? Meanwhile, some former players <a href="https://www.newsday.com/sports/football/nfl-concussion-flag-football-harry-carson-1.16246288" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:are hoping" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">are hoping</a> kids won&#39;t play tackle football before age 14.</p><p><strong>2. </strong>Following the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback <strong>Tyler Hilinski</strong>, former Cougars QB <strong>Drew Bledsoe</strong> posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. &quot;As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!!,&quot; he <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BeEh6wmHmh2/?hl=en&#38;taken-by=drewbledsoe" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">wrote</a>. &quot;Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!!&quot;</p><p><b>3. </b>&quot;I know your first question,&quot; Falcons coach <strong>Dan Quinn</strong> <a href="http://www.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-news-today/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a> Thursday, &quot;and I&#39;m not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark (embattled offensive coordinator <strong>Steve Sarkisian</strong>) is coming back in 2018.&quot;</p><p><b>4.</b> Sunday, Vikings safety <strong>Terence Newman</strong> will play his 231st career game—and his first conference championship tilt. &quot;Words don’t really do it,&quot; Newman <a href="http://www.startribune.com/for-vikings-veteran-terence-newman-maybe-these-playoffs-have-a-payoff/469842563/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:said" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">said</a>. &quot;But knowing we have a chance. That’s all anyone could ever ask for in anything in life—an opportunity, a chance to be great and do great things. We have a chance to do that.”?</p><p><strong>5. </strong>Two members of the Eagles&#39; analytics team communicate with <strong>Doug Pederson</strong> during games. That&#39;s one of several tidbits in this <a href="http://www.espn.com/blog/philadelphia-eagles/post/_/id/23896" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:story" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">story</a> on Philadelphia&#39;s embrace of numbers.</p><p><b>6. </b>With Saints punter <strong>Thomas </strong><strong>Morstead</strong>&#39;s charity having <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/22143549/saints-punter-thomas-morstead-set-deliver-donations-vikings-fans-back-minnesota?sf179587049=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:received" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">received</a> nearly $200,000 from Vikings fans, Josh Katzenstein set out to <a href="http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2018/01/saints_vikings_extra_point.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:learn" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">learn</a> how Morstead ended up running back onto the field for Sunday&#39;s meaningless extra point, setting off the giving spree.</p><p><strong>7.</strong> Take this for what you will: the Broncos staff will <a href="https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/18/senior-bowl-roster-broncos-baker-mayfield-josh-allen/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:coach" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">coach</a> <strong>Baker Mayfield</strong> and <strong>Josh Allen</strong> at the Senior Bowl.</p><p><strong>8. </strong>This is inside baseball, but also noteworthy: NFL chief spokesman <strong>Joe Lockhart</strong> is leaving the organization. &quot;After the season, I plan to take some time off, do some political commentary, maybe go back to teaching if I can find some students willing to listen,&quot; he <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2018/01/18/joe-lockhart-leaving-nfl-as-chief-spokesman/?utm_term=.742a37b8cfb1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:reportedly wrote" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">reportedly wrote</a> in a memo to league staff members. &quot;I will be available to all of you should an old man’s advice ever be of interest.&quot;?</p><p><b>9. </b>I&#39;m not sure what the Detroit Free Press is going to have left to write about after <strong>Matt Patricia</strong> is actually announced as head coach. Here&#39;s another <a href="https://www.freep.com/story/sports/nfl/lions/2018/01/18/detroit-lions-matt-patricia-coach/1016622001/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:dive" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">dive</a> by Dave Birkett, going back to Patricia&#39;s time growing up under two schoolteachers in Sherrill, N.Y.</p><p><strong>10. </strong>Ok, fine. Here&#39;s <a href="http://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2018/insider/story/_/id/22134110" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:a mock draft" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">a mock draft</a>. I won&#39;t tell anyone you clicked it.</p><p><b><i>Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage?</i></b> <span><i>Let us know here.</i></span></p><h3><b>THE KICKER</b></h3><p>If <strong>Doug Marrone</strong> upsets the Patriots Sunday, he might have a group of first graders <a href="http://jacksonville.com/sports/jaguars/2018-01-17/jaguars-notebook-bolles-first-graders-lend-marrone-helping-hand" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:to thank" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">to thank</a>.</p><p><i>Question? Comment? Story idea?</i><i> Let the team know at </i><i><span>talkback@themmqb.com</span></i></p>
Tom Brady's Hand To Appear Before Media Friday

There are many ways to respond to the rumors that Tom Brady might not be 100% healthy. After word circulated that the 40-year-old jammed his right hand and suffered a cut during a handoff Wednesday—and even more so after he missed practice Thursday—we saw just about all of those ways play out. From afar, Dr. David Chao suggested Brady may have an open finger dislocation. Riley McAtee investigated reports that Brady's thumb looked boxy in a glove during the open period of practice by looking at blown-up photos (then again, whose thumb doesn't look weird at 12x). Doug Kyed analyzed the humor in teammates' responses to questions about the hand and came away optimistic. Jaguars defensive tackle Malik Jackson also seemed to doubt the seriousness of Brady's condition.

Surely, we'll get many more suggestions, investigations, analyses, and doubts today as Brady is scheduled to put his hands on the podium and speak to the media. But this is far from the first instance of panic over Brady's health before a big game. Remember Brady's "flu-like" symptoms before the 2014 AFC championship game in Denver? Or the boot he was spotted in before Super Bowl XLII? In January 2005, he had a 103-degree fever the night before the AFC title game.

He lost two of those three games. So, what does that tell us? Absolutely nothing, of course. We won't know a thing about Brady's hand until he takes the field Sunday, when he will be closely watched every time he drops back to pass. As usual.

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PRESS COVERAGE

1. A new study, published in Brain, found that subconcussive hits can lead to CTE (the full study is here if you're interested). "We're really worried about the many more people who are getting hit and getting hurt—their brain is getting hurt—but are not getting help because we can't see the evidence on the outside that their brain is actually hurt," said Dr. Lee Goldstein, the study's lead investigator. "It's a silent injury."? Meanwhile, some former players are hoping kids won't play tackle football before age 14.

2. Following the apparent suicide of Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski, former Cougars QB Drew Bledsoe posted a heartfelt message on Instagram. "As men we have to learn to TALK about how we are feeling. Suicide is the #2 killer of men between 18-45!!," he wrote. "Reaching out for help when we need it is NOT a sign of weakness. Trusting your friends and asking for help is the ultimate sign of STRENGTH!!"

3. "I know your first question," Falcons coach Dan Quinn said Thursday, "and I'm not even going to wait for it. Yes, Sark (embattled offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian) is coming back in 2018."

4. Sunday, Vikings safety Terence Newman will play his 231st career game—and his first conference championship tilt. "Words don’t really do it," Newman said. "But knowing we have a chance. That’s all anyone could ever ask for in anything in life—an opportunity, a chance to be great and do great things. We have a chance to do that.”?

5. Two members of the Eagles' analytics team communicate with Doug Pederson during games. That's one of several tidbits in this story on Philadelphia's embrace of numbers.

6. With Saints punter Thomas Morstead's charity having received nearly $200,000 from Vikings fans, Josh Katzenstein set out to learn how Morstead ended up running back onto the field for Sunday's meaningless extra point, setting off the giving spree.

7. Take this for what you will: the Broncos staff will coach Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen at the Senior Bowl.

8. This is inside baseball, but also noteworthy: NFL chief spokesman Joe Lockhart is leaving the organization. "After the season, I plan to take some time off, do some political commentary, maybe go back to teaching if I can find some students willing to listen," he reportedly wrote in a memo to league staff members. "I will be available to all of you should an old man’s advice ever be of interest."?

9. I'm not sure what the Detroit Free Press is going to have left to write about after Matt Patricia is actually announced as head coach. Here's another dive by Dave Birkett, going back to Patricia's time growing up under two schoolteachers in Sherrill, N.Y.

10. Ok, fine. Here's a mock draft. I won't tell anyone you clicked it.

Have a story you think we should include in tomorrow’s Press Coverage? Let us know here.

THE KICKER

If Doug Marrone upsets the Patriots Sunday, he might have a group of first graders to thank.

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<p>Another major item from the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collection was the monogram trunk juxtaposed by a very “hypebeast” style outfit: baseball cap, oversized sweater, baggy trousers, and crisp white sneakers. (Photo: Catwalking) </p>
Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall/Winter 2017

Another major item from the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collection was the monogram trunk juxtaposed by a very “hypebeast” style outfit: baseball cap, oversized sweater, baggy trousers, and crisp white sneakers. (Photo: Catwalking)

Arizona Diamondbacks&#39; Yasmany Tomas, right, congratulates Brandon Drury at the plate for Drury&#39;s two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas accused of reckless driving
Arizona Diamondbacks' Yasmany Tomas, right, congratulates Brandon Drury at the plate for Drury's two-run home run against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Friday, May 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
<p>With negotiations on pace of play at an impasse, Major League Baseball has put its players on the clock. MLB intends to exercise its right under the Collective Bargaining Agreement to unilaterally impose a pitch clock and other changes for the 2018 season if no agreement is reached before owners meetings Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with those negotiations.</p><p>The most recent proposal by MLB to the players included:</p><p>• A 20-second pitch clock with the bases empty, similar to what has been used for three years in some minor leagues. First violations by a pitcher or batter would receive a warning. Subsequent violations would result in a ball charged to the count upon a violation by the pitcher or a strike charged upon a violation by the batter.</p><p>• A limit of six mound visits per game by players.</p><p>• A trigger mechanism for further change in 2019. If the average time of game remained at three hours or more in 2018—it was a record-long 3:05.11 last season—the pitch clock would be used for all pitches, including with runners on, in 2019.</p><p>After some progress on talks two weeks ago, players this week pushed back against the pitch clock, largely over concerns about the penalties associated with it. No negotiations are scheduled with the deadline less than two weeks away. The owners have the right under the CBA to implement rules changes after a year of negotiations. Those unilateral changes do not necessarily have to conform to their last proposal, but could, for instance, be even more sweeping.</p><p>Talks on pace of play have been sporadic ever since commissioner Rob Manfred announced last February in Arizona that he wanted a negotiated settlement with the players on speeding the pace of action, but that he was prepared to unilaterally implement changes if those talks stalemated.</p><p>Players and MLB officials met only once during the 2017 season on pace of game issues, a negotiation in Washington in August that was attended by about a dozen members of the Nationals and Marlins. The two sides spent a majority of the time discussing a pitch clock. Players offered other suggestions, such as shortening the commercial breaks between innings (MLB last year did experiment with 90-second breaks in a few games, shaving 35 seconds off the usual time, but the games did not move any faster because players weren’t ready to resume play so quickly) and the return of bullpen carts to ferry relievers into games (players were told the modern ballparks, with cozier seating arrangements, don’t easily facilitate their use).</p><p>Two weeks ago optimism grew between both sides when the players responded to several MLB proposals with one that included a pitch clock, not in 2018, but only in 2019 based on their own version of a trigger mechanism. But that optimism dissolved this week when players backed off their proposal.</p><p>According to a source, the players have raised objections to any proposals they believe “change how the game is played,” such as penalties that adjust the count. MLB officials countered that the pitch clock has been used since 2014 in the Arizona Fall League and since 2015 in Double A and Triple A without any such complaints. MLB estimates that about two-thirds of major league pitchers have experienced the pitch clock in the minors.</p><p>MLB began efforts to improve pace of play in 2015, when it installed countdown timers in ballparks to cut down on dead time between innings and required that hitters keep one foot in the batter’s box, with some exceptions. The effort did shave six minutes off the average time of game, but the gains were almost all realized in the first two months of the season, when MLB aggressively enforced the rule with warning letters and fines. But as enforcement waned, so did compliance. Some players went as far as to offer to pre-pay a season’s worth of fines rather than speed up their at-bats. MLB took the results of that effort that a fine system is not a meaningful way to change behavior when it comes to pace of play.</p><p>In the past two seasons MLB has put a 30-second limit on mound visits by managers or coaches and introduced intentional walks that need only to be announced, without requiring a pitcher to throw the four pitches. Its research shows that the dead time between pitches and action in a game, more so than the average time of game, is an impediment to attracting younger fans.</p>
With or Without the Players' Approval, MLB Intends to Implement Pitch Clock and Other Pace of Play Improvements in 2018

With negotiations on pace of play at an impasse, Major League Baseball has put its players on the clock. MLB intends to exercise its right under the Collective Bargaining Agreement to unilaterally impose a pitch clock and other changes for the 2018 season if no agreement is reached before owners meetings Jan. 30 in Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with those negotiations.

The most recent proposal by MLB to the players included:

• A 20-second pitch clock with the bases empty, similar to what has been used for three years in some minor leagues. First violations by a pitcher or batter would receive a warning. Subsequent violations would result in a ball charged to the count upon a violation by the pitcher or a strike charged upon a violation by the batter.

• A limit of six mound visits per game by players.

• A trigger mechanism for further change in 2019. If the average time of game remained at three hours or more in 2018—it was a record-long 3:05.11 last season—the pitch clock would be used for all pitches, including with runners on, in 2019.

After some progress on talks two weeks ago, players this week pushed back against the pitch clock, largely over concerns about the penalties associated with it. No negotiations are scheduled with the deadline less than two weeks away. The owners have the right under the CBA to implement rules changes after a year of negotiations. Those unilateral changes do not necessarily have to conform to their last proposal, but could, for instance, be even more sweeping.

Talks on pace of play have been sporadic ever since commissioner Rob Manfred announced last February in Arizona that he wanted a negotiated settlement with the players on speeding the pace of action, but that he was prepared to unilaterally implement changes if those talks stalemated.

Players and MLB officials met only once during the 2017 season on pace of game issues, a negotiation in Washington in August that was attended by about a dozen members of the Nationals and Marlins. The two sides spent a majority of the time discussing a pitch clock. Players offered other suggestions, such as shortening the commercial breaks between innings (MLB last year did experiment with 90-second breaks in a few games, shaving 35 seconds off the usual time, but the games did not move any faster because players weren’t ready to resume play so quickly) and the return of bullpen carts to ferry relievers into games (players were told the modern ballparks, with cozier seating arrangements, don’t easily facilitate their use).

Two weeks ago optimism grew between both sides when the players responded to several MLB proposals with one that included a pitch clock, not in 2018, but only in 2019 based on their own version of a trigger mechanism. But that optimism dissolved this week when players backed off their proposal.

According to a source, the players have raised objections to any proposals they believe “change how the game is played,” such as penalties that adjust the count. MLB officials countered that the pitch clock has been used since 2014 in the Arizona Fall League and since 2015 in Double A and Triple A without any such complaints. MLB estimates that about two-thirds of major league pitchers have experienced the pitch clock in the minors.

MLB began efforts to improve pace of play in 2015, when it installed countdown timers in ballparks to cut down on dead time between innings and required that hitters keep one foot in the batter’s box, with some exceptions. The effort did shave six minutes off the average time of game, but the gains were almost all realized in the first two months of the season, when MLB aggressively enforced the rule with warning letters and fines. But as enforcement waned, so did compliance. Some players went as far as to offer to pre-pay a season’s worth of fines rather than speed up their at-bats. MLB took the results of that effort that a fine system is not a meaningful way to change behavior when it comes to pace of play.

In the past two seasons MLB has put a 30-second limit on mound visits by managers or coaches and introduced intentional walks that need only to be announced, without requiring a pitcher to throw the four pitches. Its research shows that the dead time between pitches and action in a game, more so than the average time of game, is an impediment to attracting younger fans.

Baseball has a new highest-paid player for 2018 and it&#39;s well-deserved
Baseball has a new highest-paid player for 2018 and it's well-deserved
Baseball has a new highest-paid player for 2018 and it's well-deserved
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing throws during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball&#39;s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, bringing back Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
AP source: Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing throws during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, bringing back Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Executive Director of the Major League Players Association Tony Clark answers questions at a news conference Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
AP source: Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits
Executive Director of the Major League Players Association Tony Clark answers questions at a news conference Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
FILE - In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Lobstein, left, delivers his first pitch of the second inning to Baltimore Orioles&#39; Matt Tulasosopo as the clock, background, counts down during a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. Major League Baseball has proposed the use of 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
AP source: Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits
FILE - In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Lobstein, left, delivers his first pitch of the second inning to Baltimore Orioles' Matt Tulasosopo as the clock, background, counts down during a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. Major League Baseball has proposed the use of 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing throws during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball&#39;s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, bringing back Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing throws during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, bringing back Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Brian Duensing throws during the seventh inning of Game 4 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Chicago. The Cubs bolstered their revamped bullpen on Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, bringing back Duensing with a $7 million, two-year contract. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals&#39; Howie Kendrick rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Kendrick, Nationals finalize $7 million, 2-year contract
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
MLB&#39;s plan on how they can make baseball games at least 10 minutes shorter
MLB's plan on how they can make baseball games at least 10 minutes shorter
MLB's plan on how they can make baseball games at least 10 minutes shorter
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals&#39; Howie Kendrick rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2017, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Washington. The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical. Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smiles after catching a Detroit Tigers&#39; Ian Kinsler line drive in the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Detroit. Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum. The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five--time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 career average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smiles after catching a Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler line drive in the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Detroit. Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum. The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five--time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 career average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers&#39; Adrian Gonzalez, right, follows through on his double with San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens watching during the second inning of a baseball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, right, follows through on his double with San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens watching during the second inning of a baseball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers&#39; Adrian Gonzalez, right, follows through on his double with San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens watching during the second inning of a baseball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, right, follows through on his double with San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens watching during the second inning of a baseball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez, right, follows through on his double with San Diego Padres catcher Luis Torrens watching during the second inning of a baseball game, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smiles after catching a Detroit Tigers&#39; Ian Kinsler line drive in the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Detroit. Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum. The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five--time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 career average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smiles after catching a Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler line drive in the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Detroit. Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum. The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five--time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 career average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smiles after catching a Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler line drive in the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Detroit. Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum. The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five--time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 career average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) throws during the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, in Washington.The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the pPittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) throws during the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, in Washington.The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the pPittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Rivero delivers in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The Pirates won 6-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Felipe Rivero finalizes $22M, 4-year deal with Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Felipe Rivero delivers in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The Pirates won 6-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) throws during the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, in Washington.The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the pPittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) throws during the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, in Washington.The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the pPittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this June 2, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Felipe Rivero (73) throws during the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Nationals Park, in Washington.The hard-throwing left-handed reliever finalized a $22 million, four-year contract with the pPittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, a deal that includes two club options and could be worth $41 million over six seasons. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo eats 30-year-old gum on &#39;Old Baseball Cards&#39;
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo eats 30-year-old gum on 'Old Baseball Cards'
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo eats 30-year-old gum on 'Old Baseball Cards'
<p>After Baseball America forecasted the White Sox starting lineup for the 2021 season, it sparked a new round of projections, and we weren&#39;t going to be excluded.</p>
Fantasy baseball: Taking another crack at projecting the White Sox 2021 lineup

After Baseball America forecasted the White Sox starting lineup for the 2021 season, it sparked a new round of projections, and we weren't going to be excluded.

FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, actor Paul Rudd walks off the field after standing for the national anthem with members of the Kansas City Royals before the team&#39;s baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Kansas City, Mo. Rudd has been named 2018 Man of the Year by Harvard University&#39;s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The oldest collegiate theatrical organization in the country said Thursday it is honoring Rudd because his career has spanned many genres, from indies to mainstream films, from heartfelt comedies to superheroes. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, actor Paul Rudd walks off the field after standing for the national anthem with members of the Kansas City Royals before the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Kansas City, Mo. Rudd has been named 2018 Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The oldest collegiate theatrical organization in the country said Thursday it is honoring Rudd because his career has spanned many genres, from indies to mainstream films, from heartfelt comedies to superheroes. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this June 23, 2017, file photo, actor Paul Rudd walks off the field after standing for the national anthem with members of the Kansas City Royals before the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Kansas City, Mo. Rudd has been named 2018 Man of the Year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals. The oldest collegiate theatrical organization in the country said Thursday it is honoring Rudd because his career has spanned many genres, from indies to mainstream films, from heartfelt comedies to superheroes. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
<p>Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards</p>
Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards

Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards

<p>Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards</p>
Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards

Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports&#39; Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports' Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports&#39; Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports' Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports&#39; Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports' Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports' Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
Torey Lovullo opens 1990 baseball cards
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo joins Yahoo Sports' Mike Oz to tear through a pack of 1990 Upper Deck baseball cards.
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo eats gum from a pack of 1987 Topps on this year's "Old Baseball Cards." (Yahoo Sports)
Torey Lovullo Old Baseball Cards
D-backs manager Torey Lovullo eats gum from a pack of 1987 Topps on this year's "Old Baseball Cards." (Yahoo Sports)
Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
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Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
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Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
After Hours
Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
Katz to Coach Maccabi USA’s Youth Men’s Baseball Eric Katz, a senior partner with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman in Roseland, has been appointed…
After Hours
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Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Johnny Tomm Surgery
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Johnny Tomm Surgery
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Johnny Tomm Surgery
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.
Johnny Tomm Surgery
Tigers first baseman Johnny Tomm faced an automatic career-ender when he completely tears his taint. When Tigers doctor, Dr. Drew Pinsky, suggests a risky experimental taint-replacement surgery, Johnny undergoes the operation and enters rehab. Defying all odds, Johnny slowly regains his strength and with a new outlook, a new love and a new taint, he returns to the game of baseball for the comeback of a lifetime.

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