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Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 09/10/2012

Tom Brady isn’t worried about his nose


Tom Brady’s nose is just fine, thank you very much, despite the unsightly bandage. (Wade Payne / AP)
The injury that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered Sunday is nothing more than a scratch, a beak boo-boo, he said today.

Brady, who makes almost as much money off his face as his right arm, was bloodied and bandaged after a blow to his nose, but said he doesn’t expect to miss any time. (He probably wouldn’t say anything if he did, given that he plays for the Patriots, but we digress.)

“It’s fine. It’s not bad at all,” Brady said on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” show. “It probably looks a lot worse than it feels.”


The many faces and hairstyles of Tom Brady. (Wade Payne / AP)

Tennessee Titans linebacker Kamerion Wimbley hit Brady after the whistle in New England’s 34-13 victory and Brady got some treatment before returning to the game. Brady said he had no idea if his schnoz was broken and didn’t seem interested in finding out. On the Ben Roethlisberger scale of nasal injuries (just pop that bad boy back into place) and stuff his teammates have dealt with, Brady’s injury was fairly minor.

“You talk about mind over matter, and love and mental toughness that goes into playing game, and certainly [Logan Mankins is] the guy that sets the tone for the whole offense, and that entire offensive line group, they never complain,” Brady said. “And they just keep going out to battle, and you've got a guy like Logan who's got an injury [torn ACL] that every single other person that I've ever known misses the year, and he has a Pro Bowl season. His toughness, his attitude, what he brings to our team in terms of his work ethic and his attitude is really unmatched. It's really a great example for all the guys on our team, both the young guys and the veterans, your commitment to the team, and really it takes precedent over what you may feel on a daily basis. He's as tough as they come.”

Maybe Brady can let the defense and running back Stevan Ridley do the heavy lifting in the Patriots’ game against Arizona. As Brady passed for 236 yards and two touchdowns Sunday, Ridley rushed for 125 yards.

“That’s the kind of balance that we need and we’ve been looking for,” Brady said. “When you have guys that can run the ball like we have, you got to give them the opportunity. And when they get the opportunity, it can control the tempo of the game.

“It was good to see those guys really have a huge role in the game. That’s the way it’s got to continue throughout the whole season.”

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