Remember when it looked like Tom Brady’s had one of those hands that a cartoon character tried to inflate while blowing air into his thumb?

Despite Brady consistently pooh-poohing the notion that anything was amiss and the Patriots not disclosing a hand injury, the images captured as he tried to slip the appendage into a warming device showed that the thing he uses to throw footballs was swollen.

And it wasn’t just a bruise. According to Albert Breer of NFL Network, Brady had ligament damage in his hand. While it healed without surgery, Brady had to play through it.