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Patriots remove Tom Brady from the injury report

Tom Brady, Wes Welker AP

Even though Tom Brady missed practice Wednesday with a left shoulder injury, there was never much doubt that he would be on the field for the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots confirmed that Friday when they released their final injury report. Brady is nowhere to be found as the team chose not to even bother listing him as probable. If you want to get all existential about things, even the healthiest of players could be listed as probable, at best, but that’s not really the standard the NFL prefers teams work with when it comes to the injury report.

Fourteen members of the Patriots are listed as questionable, including tight end Aaron Hernandez and wide receiver Wes Welker. The only one of the 14 whose status really seems to be in doubt is tackle Sebastian Vollmer. Vollmer hasn’t played since Week 12 because of back and foot injuries and there’s no sign that his return to the lineup is imminent. The rest of the questionable players should play in a repeat of last week when 12 of the 13 questionable Patriots were active against the Broncos.

While the Patriots put a lot of guys likely to play on their injury report, the Ravens went the other direction. Safety Ed Reed is listed as probable and he makes up a one-man injury report for the AFC North champs.

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44 Responses to “Patriots remove Tom Brady from the injury report”
  1. noquickreactionshere says: Jan 20, 2012 4:53 PM

    Brady is a lot taller than Wes Welker… random thought for the day

  2. bertilfox says: Jan 20, 2012 4:59 PM

    …and Nate Solder is a lot taller than Tom Brady. Now that this is settled, let’s get on with this game!

  3. footballfundamentals says: Jan 20, 2012 5:00 PM

    Just in time to get hit….alot…

    Ravens-27
    Pats24

  4. ducksouped says: Jan 20, 2012 5:00 PM

    This just in. Noone cares about him being on the injury report. You know damn well hes going to play. Why the stupid coach does this is beyond me.

  5. jakek2 says: Jan 20, 2012 5:05 PM

    Article on Vernon Davis prematurely selling tickets to NFC Championship celebration party in 3…2…1….

  6. phatsuo says: Jan 20, 2012 5:06 PM

    Shocker.

  7. rushmatic says: Jan 20, 2012 5:19 PM

    Patriots: 34
    Ravens: 10

    Get out Bralichick’s way, son.

  8. boblavoie says: Jan 20, 2012 5:21 PM

    If Bill Belichick had his way he would probably list himself and half his staff as probable.
    Smart coaches keep the opponent guessing. One of reasons the Patriots keep on winning.

  9. jamaltimore says: Jan 20, 2012 5:29 PM

    He’ll be back on it Sunday around 4:00 but nobody will care cause he never plays in the pro bowl anyway. He better be ready cause the hits are coming. Suggs, Ngata, JJ and the defensive front won’t be shut down like last week. Tommy’s tough when he’s not getting hit but if is the Ravens will roll!

  10. jnbnet says: Jan 20, 2012 5:31 PM

    ducksouped says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:00 PM
    This just in. Noone cares about him being on the injury report. You know damn well hes going to play. Why the stupid coach does this is beyond me.

    ===============================
    He knows you hate it. He does it just to anoy you.

  11. MossMoon2Packers says: Jan 20, 2012 5:40 PM

    Fortunately, Pretty-Boy Brady was able to get that unruly cowlick under control, thus enabling him to face the masses this Sunday.

  12. kacapaco says: Jan 20, 2012 5:40 PM

    Tom is healthy and will lead NE to Super Bowl.

  13. kmkhaine says: Jan 20, 2012 5:49 PM

    While he was ‘injured’ and not at practice he was watching practice tape o the Ravens D.
    I know, shocker. But the media would go crazy if they had to say something positive about the Ravens. They can’t reach the superbowl.

    Look for a lot of roughing Brady’s aura flags to fly.

  14. tb12eatitbitches says: Jan 20, 2012 6:09 PM

    All you patriot haters are really pathetic, get a life you can only dream of having a QB like Tom on your pathetic team. Your all a bunch of hermits living in you parents basement. How long do stare and laugh at the screen actually thinking your post has any semblance of humor. Grow up and get a job there’s more to life than 23 hours a day of PFT. May the best team win.

  15. todd49401 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:21 PM

    Matt Cassell= Tom Brady Overrated

  16. reed20fence says: Jan 20, 2012 6:21 PM

    Has ANYONE EVER not prepared for Brady because he was listed as “probable” on the injury report?

    Even a braindead monkey knows that Bellichick’s injury reports mean didly squat.

  17. calichowd says: Jan 20, 2012 6:30 PM

    Patriots 38
    Ravens.16

  18. caseyanthonymunoz says: Jan 20, 2012 6:53 PM

    In related news, Ben Roethlisberger wants America to know that he has hemorrhoids but he’s going to watch the games this week while sitting down. He’s a hero who toughs it out. Just ask gullible Steeler fans.

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:56 PM

    “ducksouped says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:00 PM
    This just in. Noone cares about him being on the injury report. You know damn well hes going to play. Why the stupid coach does this is beyond me.”

    That’s because you don’t know much about the team and coach you are commenting on.

    The Pats were fined early in Belichik’s tenure for not putting I believe it was Brady on the injury report for some very minor issue in his throwing shoulder or something like that. Hence Brady’s epic stay on the injury report every single game for several years as P-Shoulder.

    It means if anyone on the Pats has a paper cut or a hangnail they go on the report so the league can’t say dick about it. If the league feels like reversing that earlier fine and giving the money back maybe Belichick will change the way he handles the injury report. Until then….

  20. todd49401 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:58 PM

    Spygate= Bill Belichick overrated

  21. sasquash20 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:02 PM

    Pats 37 Ravens 20 I hope I’m wrong but Ravens offense is very predictable.

  22. grogansheroes says: Jan 20, 2012 7:03 PM

    kmkhaine says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:49 PM
    While he was ‘injured’ and not at practice he was watching practice tape o the Ravens D.
    I know, shocker. But the media would go crazy if they had to say something positive about the Ravens. They can’t reach the superbowl.

    Look for a lot of roughing Brady’s aura flags to fly.
    _____________________________
    I hope you’re right! Because Brady has had zero roughing the passer calls on him this year. That’s right not one. How many has unibrow gotten as a statue in the backfield?

  23. sschmiggles says: Jan 20, 2012 7:18 PM

    boblavoie says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:21 PM
    If Bill Belichick had his way he would probably list himself and half his staff as probable.
    Smart coaches keep the opponent guessing. One of reasons the Patriots keep on winning.
    ___________________________

    That’s not even what it’s about. It’s a big middle finger to the NFL and its idiotic injury reporting rules. He lists anyone who has more than a booboo as “Questionable” and has them “Limited” in practice if they miss so much as one rep

  24. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:20 PM

    Even if he didnt play, the Patriots would probably still win this game. Joe Flacco is as overrated as Mark Sanchez

  25. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 20, 2012 8:05 PM

    This is gonna be a great game. It won’t be a blowout for either team. I’ve got faith in my Ravens and I feel like we match up well against the Pats, and I’m sure Pats fans feel the same way. I don’t remember ever being this excited for a game. CAN’T WAIT!

  26. fringetastic says: Jan 20, 2012 8:23 PM

    The rest of the questionable players should play in a repeat of last week when 12 of the 13 questionable Patriots were active against the Broncos.

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    It is stuff like this, Patriots fans, that keeps reminding everyone else of ‘Belicheat’, that makes others think of the Patriots as cheats. Everyone knows their injury report is a _lie_.

    I respect Belichick’s coaching abilities immensely, but this kind of stuff cheapens him and your club.

  27. wikidpissah says: Jan 20, 2012 8:52 PM

    The injury report status is based on the amount of practice time a player participates in. It’s not an arbitrary report.

    There’s no valid reason (other than for the gamblers) that a team in any sport should have to report injury status for any player prior to a game. Why should any team help an opponent prepare?

    That said, I love the paranoia surrounding anything BB does.

  28. bozosforall says: Jan 20, 2012 9:08 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 6:56 PM
    “ducksouped says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:00 PM
    This just in. Noone cares about him being on the injury report. You know damn well hes going to play. Why the stupid coach does this is beyond me.”

    That’s because you don’t know much about the team and coach you are commenting on.

    The Pats were fined early in Belichik’s tenure for not putting I believe it was Brady on the injury report for some very minor issue in his throwing shoulder or something like that. Hence Brady’s epic stay on the injury report every single game for several years as P-Shoulder.

    It means if anyone on the Pats has a paper cut or a hangnail they go on the report so the league can’t say dick about it. If the league feels like reversing that earlier fine and giving the money back maybe Belichick will change the way he handles the injury report. Until then….

    _______
    How petty…just like the New England fan base.

  29. bozosforall says: Jan 20, 2012 9:10 PM

    sschmiggles says:
    Jan 20, 2012 7:18 PM
    boblavoie says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:21 PM
    If Bill Belichick had his way he would probably list himself and half his staff as probable.
    Smart coaches keep the opponent guessing. One of reasons the Patriots keep on winning.
    ___________________________

    That’s not even what it’s about. It’s a big middle finger to the NFL and its idiotic injury reporting rules. He lists anyone who has more than a booboo as “Questionable” and has them “Limited” in practice if they miss so much as one rep

    ______
    If he doesn’t like the rules, then he can go coach in the CFL.

  30. commandercornpone says: Jan 20, 2012 9:32 PM

    brady has a rule named after him.

    then there is the tuck rule.

    lets stop the fantasy that the pats never get any calls.

  31. lanman11 says: Jan 20, 2012 9:50 PM

    @fringetastic

    You are blind. Almost all injury reports are handled the same way. One of the playoff teams recently had obvious injury report omissions and while reported in the media, nobody raised an eyebrow. There were no howls of “cheaters!” as if somehow the opponents lack of knowledge of the true extent of an injury was unfair. In all honesty I don;t get the purpose of the injury report and I think they should just do away with it. Just prepare your guys for everyone on the other team and show up for the game. My guess is that is what Belichick would like as well.

    The perennial success of The Patriots, and memories of recent beatdowns issued to create the obligatory petty jealousies.

  32. j0esixpack says: Jan 20, 2012 10:07 PM

    Belichick hates the injury report.

    He know it only puts players in harms way, and undermines the strategy of limiting intel to your enemy about strength and weakness heading into battle.

    Goodell requires Belichick to tell the Ravens where to hit Brady if they want to take him out of the game. That’s a pretty lame rule, for any team’s key player.

    Chances are Belichick is just putting out misinformation and mocking Goodell.

  33. habsman says: Jan 20, 2012 10:29 PM

    @fringetastic,

    Who cares what you think? Or any of the other raven fans think.

    Three shiney, clean, Lombardi’s!

    What are you going to do about it? Cry? Yeah, thought so.

  34. 8man says: Jan 20, 2012 10:47 PM

    Now I just have to remove myself from Giselle’s bed before he gets home….

  35. quittsburghstoolers says: Jan 20, 2012 11:06 PM

    “Patriots remove Tom Brady from the injury report”

    ———————————————————-

    Gisele must have told them it was alright for her boy to go out & play…

  36. nfl1818 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:24 PM

    I love statements like this stuff cheapens Belichick and the Pats “haven’t won anything since S-gate” and “his coaching tree has failed” – seriously, if other coaches were held to these same standards, they would all need to refund their salaries

  37. kmkhaine says: Jan 21, 2012 1:46 AM

    Gorgornhoes (or whatever your name is)
    Just wait until Sunday. If there are none, apparently his national sell ability has gone down.
    At which point, the Ravens have a better (or fair) chance. Then, it is a legit and interesting game.

  38. tatum064 says: Jan 21, 2012 5:39 AM

    boblavoie says:
    Jan 20, 2012 5:21 PM
    If Bill Belichick had his way he would probably list himself and half his staff as probable.
    Smart coaches keep the opponent guessing. One of reasons the Patriots keep on winning.
    —————–
    Sure kept the Jets guessing last year in the playoffs(Cant Wait!!)
    then the Ravens the year before that (Ray Rice is running for the Ravens, Ruh-roh!!)
    then the Giants in the SB. (OMG, what a catch by Tyree!!!)

  39. bcgreg says: Jan 21, 2012 8:45 AM

    @ jnbnet

    He does it to annoy the league!

    @ fringetastic

    Belichick does stuff like this because a few years back, some teams accused him of not being forthcoming with injuries. The league talked to him, so now, he goes the other way in terms of reporting injuries. If you could look at the injury reports in the early 2000s, the Patriots hardly had anyone on them. Now, he lists every guy who bumped into a door jam on the list. So, no one still knows who’s legit injured yet he provides a list so long that no one can accuse him of hiding injuries.

    Sorry, but another great ploy by a great coach. Personally, the only guys teams should have to report are guys who are doubtful or out. But, then, everyone would be listed as doubtful. So, no one would really know anyway.

    OK, just tell me who’s NOT playing.

  40. bcgreg says: Jan 21, 2012 8:51 AM

    @ravensfan4life52

    I understand your excitement, but you’ve “NEVER been this excited for a game”? I have to ask. Are you 15 years old? I mean you say you’re a Ravens fan 4 life. You weren’t more excited on Jan 28 2001 when the Ravens were getting ready to play in the Super Bowl? Wow.

    If you’re under 15-16 years old, I can understand the sentiment. If you’re older than 16, then I can’t.

  41. bcgreg says: Jan 21, 2012 9:03 AM

    @ fringetastic

    And what about the Ravens? We’re at the AFC Title game–18th game of the year for these two–and the Ravens have only ONE guy injured? Yeah. OK. Anquan Boldin is just coming off knee surgery. His knee is 100%? They have no linemen playing on tweeked knees or ankles or shoulders? What are THEY hiding?

    DISCLAIMER–I think this argument is dumb. I don’t think teams should have to disclose anything on a player who is going to play.

    I know you’re a hater, but do you see how it goes the other way too? List too few on the injury report, and it looks like you’re hiding injuries. List too many, people say you’re an ass, but you’re doing the same thing–hiding injuries. Dude, it’s a game teams play.

    Have you ever seen a HOCKEY injury report. ANY injury below the waist is called a “Lower Body” injury. You know what they call any injury ABOVE the waist?…You got it. An UPPER body injury–even if it’s a wrist injury and everyone knows it’s a wrist injury, they’ll call it an upper body injury. It’s just a silly game teams play.

  42. bcgreg says: Jan 21, 2012 9:08 AM

    @ caseyanthonymunoz

    That was LOL funny! Thank you.

  43. purplengold says: Jan 21, 2012 11:33 AM

    The Pats have no chance without him, of course he’ll play.

  44. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 21, 2012 7:42 PM

    In other news, Joe Flacco was listed as “probable” with a severe case of mediocrity.

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