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Index finger injuries rough on QBs

According to reports from St. Louis, Sam Bradford practiced today and took all of the reps despite a bruised right index finger.

It remains to be seen how that injury will affect him, though.

“Index finger? That’s pretty important,” said Giants backup quarterback David Carr. “That’s the last thing to touch the ball. A lot of quarterbacks, that’s their dominant finger. You’ve seen Brett (Favre) and guys play with broken pinkies, that doesn’t matter. But the index finger is big. That’s your touch.”

Carr said what a quarterback with a bruised index finger would lose most would be sensitivity to the ball.

“He’ll probably be able to push through the pain, I don’t think that will bother him, but I think just the touch, the balls that he has to put a little arc on, that’ll probably be the last thing to get better,” Carr said. “I’m sure he’ll try to go out there and do it, but it’s probably going to bother him a little bit.”

Carr said he’s had bruises on his throwing hand from hitting helmets on his follow through, but he usually whacks his thumb. He said depending on where Bradford’s bruise is will say a lot about it too. If it’s on the top of his finger, it might not be as much of an issue. If it is on the inside of his finger, it could become a problem because he would have some numbness and swelling in the area. And it’s definitely not the type of injury that doctors can just shoot up and make disappear.

Making the index finger numb? “That’s the last thing you’d want to do,” Carr said.


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