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Drew Bledsoe Press Conf.

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            **Q:  Describe what happened on the play you injured yourself.**  

D: I hit my thumb on somebody's helmet on the follow through. I don't want to get into a discussion about what happened, but my philosophy has always been, and will continue to be, if I can play and play effectively then I'll stay in the game. My feeling was after throwing on the sidelines that I wasn't able to throw accurately enough to be effective for our team compounded by the fact that each time I took a snap the way I was getting hit would only aggravate it, so I felt the best chance for us to win was to go with John (Friesz). He's an experienced veteran quarterback. He came in and made a couple of nice plays that barely got broken up with the exception of one play probably, played pretty well and gave us a chance to win. That's where it is with the injury.

Q: How seriously injured is the thumb?

D: I don't really know, so I don't want to comment on that. Day-to-day. If I can go this week, if I can practice effectively over this week then I'll play next week.

Q: Did you try testing your thumb toward the end of the game?

D: As I said, there was one point in the game when it looked like John (Friesz) was hurt, if I had to go back in, I could go back in, but the bottom line was that I didn't feel like I could throw accurately. From that standpoint, I felt like to go back in would not help us, it would hurt us.

Q: What did you see that prompted you to put your helmet on to go back in?

D: It looked like John (Friesz) was slow getting up and was going to be hurt, and in that situation I was going back in.

Q: Have you had x-rays on your thumb?

D: Yeah, they have x-rayed it and I'm leaving immediately after this to go get treatment on it.

Q: Is the birth of your third son as good as your first?

D: Yeah, it was good.

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