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Report: Brady’s left shoulder not seriously injured

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In the second half of Sunday’s Super Bowl, Giants defensive end Justin Tuck drove Patriots quarterback Tom Brady into the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium.  Brady’s left shoulder banged against the artificial surface, raising concerns that he’d re-injured a left shoulder that had caused him to miss a practice before the AFC title game.

Ian Rapoport of the Boston Herald reports that Brady indeed aggravated a “sprain” that he had suffered earlier in the year.  Though Rapoport says that the key word is “sprain,” the reality is that a “sprain” of the AC joint can range from nothing to something serious.

Still, Rapoport writes that it wasn’t a serious sprain, and that it “is not believed to be the kind of injury that will need to be dealt with much in the offseason.”

That said, Brady completed only seven of 17 passes after taking the hit, in the same game that he completed 16 straight.  His accuracy seemed to be affected, as evidenced by a badly underthrown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski that was intercepted by linebacker Chase Blackburn, the “drop” for which Wes Welker had to leap, lunge, and lay out, and a ball thrown behind Deion Branch as he was crossing the field.

One of the problems with concealing and/or downplaying injuries is that players get blamed when an undisclosed injury causes a drop in performance.  And since Brady didn’t act like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack after taking the hit, few have attributed the lack of accuracy to the injury.

Our guess (and it’s just a guess) is that the original injury was worse than believed, and that the aggravation is worse than advertised.  That said, we doubt that the Pats will include the following designation on every injury report for the next eight years:  probable, left shoulder.

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52 Responses to “Report: Brady’s left shoulder not seriously injured”
  1. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 6:30 PM

    Just more proof that, unless Brady is perfectly healthy and has a good defense, he can’t win the big games.

    We won’t even talk about him not knowing the other team’s defensive signals anymore.

  2. upperdecker19 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:31 PM

    Well Tom can’t $#@#ing throw the ball, catch the ball and administer medical attention to himself simultaneously!!!

    Regards,
    Gisselle

  3. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 8, 2012 6:31 PM

    I could have told you that…so there goes his built in excuse for sucking so bad in the 4th quarter.

  4. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 8, 2012 6:31 PM

    I don’t think his accuracy was that bad after the hit. Sometimes receivers just have to make plays, and they didn’t.

  5. tb12eatitbitches says: Feb 8, 2012 6:33 PM

    That explains all the drops by the receivers.

  6. tb12eatitbitches says: Feb 8, 2012 6:36 PM

    @bozo I would love to break all you fingers so we all could get a reprieve from you for a few week. Obnoxious

  7. citizenstrange says: Feb 8, 2012 6:37 PM

    One of the problems with concealing and/or downplaying injuries is that players get blamed when an undisclosed injury causes a drop in performance.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    It’s never a problem with Roethlisberger.

  8. tweeter75 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:40 PM

    Everyone on the team let Gisele’s sweet Tommy down, including the offensive linemen that let him get hit!! I’m sure he’s resting comfortably in a nice sweater on her lap right now while she strokes his hair.

  9. stixzidinia says: Feb 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    Well there goes another excuse……..

  10. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Feb 8, 2012 6:42 PM

    what a surprise. bozo is the first to comment on a patriots article. get a life dude

  11. patsfiend says: Feb 8, 2012 6:43 PM

    It wasn’t injured in Q1 when he took that safety… and the receivers on all the passes mentioned above (as well as the Hernandez pass on the last drive) had their hands on the ball, and any one of them could have made the play (including aspiring Chippendale Gronkowski.) I’m not taking the “maybe he was injured” bait. It doesn’t frickin’ matter. They lost.

    While we’re at it… I bet you’d like to have Gronk come dance shirtless on your coffee table, and have him sign a football for you to add to your collection of Jeter balls, wouldn’t you… Bozosforall? You could put it in your display case right between your “Lakers Fan Since 2000″ and “Moss / Garnett / Papi … Boo Hoo Boston stole all my favorite athletes” posters.

  12. 12namath12 says: Feb 8, 2012 6:45 PM

    That pass to Branch that was behind him looked tipped, Branch had his hands on it. I’m a Jets fan and must say Brady didn’t lose that game, and Eli didn’t win it, the team cliche rings true here

  13. ampats says: Feb 8, 2012 6:47 PM

    Just more proof that you are nothing but a bandwagon fan Bozo.

    LSU (haha) Lakers Yankees.

    We won’t even talk about you knowing anything about football except your envy about Boston which has kicked your teams ass for decades !

    Patriots fans we know know what a useless insect that bozo is.

    IGNORE THE NOISE!

  14. j0esixpack says: Feb 8, 2012 6:49 PM

    upperdecker19 says:Well Tom can’t $#@#ing throw the ball, catch the ball and administer medical attention to himself simultaneously!!!

    Regards,
    Gisselle

    Nicely done – you beat me to it!

    And of course the true statement that Brady can’t perform surgery on himself will certainly be twisted out of context into a slam against the medical profession as a whole by the media and fans with double digit IQs.

  15. drewsg says: Feb 8, 2012 6:50 PM

    No, but his legacy was.

  16. hawkforlife says: Feb 8, 2012 6:53 PM

    Here we go. Sometimes I think if Brady were to get shot on the field he’d only get a pass with some of you if there were more than 3 qt’s of blood spilled.

    At least he didn’t whine and hop around as if he were shot like Roethlisberger with a boo boo on his ankle.

    New post season award, Most Improved Actor. Roethlisberger hands down.

  17. lookatthefarside says: Feb 8, 2012 6:57 PM

    This is Giselle’s fault.

  18. towniesman says: Feb 8, 2012 6:58 PM

    Party down Gronk….You da man

  19. weswelkerspornstash says: Feb 8, 2012 6:59 PM

    I believe in Gisele’s sound bite she also said,”he can’t block for them too”.

  20. descendency says: Feb 8, 2012 7:00 PM

    Injured or not, he had numerous drops on that 7 for 17 spell.

  21. melikefootball says: Feb 8, 2012 7:00 PM

    Wonder who will play Tommy in the movie ..Why I lost the Super Bowl. Come on now!!!!

  22. golferwils says: Feb 8, 2012 7:01 PM

    i fully agree with bozo. brady is ridiculously overrated. belichick is the master mind behind the pats success. they will continue winning after brady. everyone knows defense wins championships anyway. as great as eli played, if his defense didn’t bottle up the pats o, they still lose. ;)

  23. rtookey says: Feb 8, 2012 7:02 PM

    Love how much slack Giselle gets for being a loyal wife… People need to let it go and move on…

    All this spygate crap is getting old too… Everyone that hates the Pats must be so chapped theyre in the running every year, WITHOUT “cheating”…

  24. rtookey says: Feb 8, 2012 7:04 PM

    Golferwils…

    Really dont understand how Eli played “great”… he threw ONE td against the leagues worst defense. He played horrible, his recievers bailed him out, again, like ALWAYS.

  25. blacknole08 says: Feb 8, 2012 7:07 PM

    Brady should have thrown that pass away instead of trying to make something happen. Unfortunately his injury affected his play the rest of the game. Glad it’s ok now (not that it matters) but live to play another down next time.

  26. blacknole08 says: Feb 8, 2012 7:08 PM

    golferwils says: Feb 8, 2012 7:01 PM

    i fully agree with bozo. brady is ridiculously overrated. belichick is the master mind behind the pats success. they will continue winning after brady. everyone knows defense wins championships anyway. as great as eli played, if his defense didn’t bottle up the pats o, they still lose. ;)

    ——————————————

    Just stop it Rob Parker! 5 SB appearances in 10 seasons says otherwise.

  27. edrooney says: Feb 8, 2012 7:26 PM

    All this non-stop celebrating / talking / gloating over the Patriots demise further proves just how much the Patriots are hated, which translates directly into envy.

    Brandon Jacobs feels the need to talk about Gisele’s post-game comments? The guy just won the flipping Superbowl, how idiotic does that make him look?

    What pitiful loser mentalities so many people have.

    Congrats to the Giants, and I look forward to
    the 2012 season.

    (ps, Pats are the early favorite to win in 2013)

  28. TheWizard says: Feb 8, 2012 7:45 PM

    Pats ought to be in good shape this season.

    They have to draft a legitimate wideout to replace Branch, and you’ll be surprised how good Brady will look.

    I think Branch is a great guy, but watching Eli win with good young receivers makes it painfully obvious what has to happen.

  29. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 8, 2012 7:47 PM

    So the point if the article is that the O-Line let the team and Gisele down?

  30. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 7:49 PM

    tb12eatitbitches says:
    Feb 8, 2012 6:36 PM
    @bozo I would love to break all you fingers so we all could get a reprieve from you for a few week. Obnoxious

    __
    I thought that the rest of us would get a reprieve from some moron who calls himself “tb12eatitbitches” (particularly given that the only bitches that ate it were “TB” and the rest of the Patriots).

    And I’m guessing that you were signing off with the tag line “Obnoxious”…since that is what you and the rest of the Pats fans here have been for the last several weeks while posting here.

  31. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 7:50 PM

    bradyisbetterthanrodgers says:
    Feb 8, 2012 6:42 PM
    what a surprise. bozo is the first to comment on a patriots article. get a life dude

    __
    What a surprise…yet another whiny Pats fan who can’t take it when his team loses.

  32. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 7:52 PM

    patsfiend says:
    Feb 8, 2012 6:43 PM
    It wasn’t injured in Q1 when he took that safety… and the receivers on all the passes mentioned above (as well as the Hernandez pass on the last drive) had their hands on the ball, and any one of them could have made the play (including aspiring Chippendale Gronkowski.) I’m not taking the “maybe he was injured” bait. It doesn’t frickin’ matter. They lost.

    While we’re at it… I bet you’d like to have Gronk come dance shirtless on your coffee table, and have him sign a football for you to add to your collection of Jeter balls, wouldn’t you… Bozosforall? You could put it in your display case right between your “Lakers Fan Since 2000″ and “Moss / Garnett / Papi … Boo Hoo Boston stole all my favorite athletes” posters.

    __
    Gronkowski is your shirtless player, patsfool…none of the rest of us non-Pats fans here want him like you gay New England guys do. Have fun with it, loser crybaby.

  33. bearsrulepackdrool says: Feb 8, 2012 7:53 PM

    how does that old saying go “nobody remembers who lost the Super Bowl…except the Patriots.”?

    Everybody seems to be talking about them this time and the last time.

  34. bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 7:55 PM

    ampats says:
    Feb 8, 2012 6:47 PM
    Just more proof that you are nothing but a bandwagon fan Bozo.

    LSU (haha) Lakers Yankees.

    We won’t even talk about you knowing anything about football except your envy about Boston which has kicked your teams ass for decades !

    Patriots fans we know know what a useless insect that bozo is.

    IGNORE THE NOISE!
    __
    Yet you all keep on crying like the little babies that you are whenever I dish out the same crap that you chumps have been dishing out forever. Typical that you wusses have no problem with dishing it when your teams are up but can’t take it when your teams lose. The biggest fairweather fan base on the planet.

  35. rushmatic says: Feb 8, 2012 8:02 PM

    steelerhypocrite says:
    I could have told you that…so there goes his built in excuse for sucking so bad in the 4th quarter.

    ________________

    Right, because Brady is always full of excuses. Pathetic try, there, Squealer fan.

  36. bradyisbetterthanrodgers says: Feb 8, 2012 8:10 PM

    bozo, come talk to me when your football team is as successful as the patriots. let me guess your next comment will be about spygate. come up with some new material. until you do shut your mouth. u have not posted one intelligent post on this website ever.

  37. jkcranshaw says: Feb 8, 2012 8:31 PM

    What a surprise…yet another whiny Pats fan who can’t take it when his team loses.
    ^^^^^^^^^^

    Key words there… team lost. In the past two Super Bowls Brady walked off the field with the lead in the last few minutes. 2:39 in SB42 and 3:46 in SB46… The Defense failed to make a stop in each game leaving Brady with under a minute to cover 80 in SB46 and 29 seconds to cover 74 yards in SB42.

    Also I wouldn’t exactly use this game to lift Eli to the upper echelon of NFL passers… He threw 1 TD against the 2nd worst statistical defense in the league this year. He did exactly what all of the New York fans are trying to use against Brady during is 3 ring run in the 00′s… Manage the game and ride the defense.

    Having said all of that, the better team on Sunday won, but that doesn’t mean that the better team had the better player at each position. It is insane to call Eli the better QB. He has an 82 lifetime QB rating (Brady 96) he was a 58% completion percentage (Brady 65%) Brady and Manning have the same number of interceptions 115 (Manning has 1300 fewer completions and 136 fewer TD’s)

  38. football2011 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    Gisele is Amazing! When Tom Brady talks, her lips hardly move at all!

  39. tedmurph says: Feb 8, 2012 8:54 PM

    lownboy thinks his repetitive, juvenile posts are interesting and clever. He mistakes all the thumbs down for him getting under people’s skin. Not the case. Just doesn’t understand how tired people are of the same old boring BS. why bother. Mommy should have breast fed him a little longer.

  40. stakex says: Feb 8, 2012 9:00 PM

    Not a big Brady fan, but one thing I like about him is that he never has excuses. It seems pretty obvious his performance went down hill after that hit, yet he never showed any sign during or after the game that an injury had anything to do with it. I can think of a few quarterbacks who would have made sure the media knew about the injury before the game was even over….

  41. tedmurph says: Feb 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    Brady was 20-23 before being slammed on his shoulder. Pats coaches told Hoyer to warm up.

  42. yevrag3535 says: Feb 8, 2012 9:59 PM

    What about his throat? Presure got to him again, not a real winer in the biggest games. It is a reality, winners win, he doesn’t.

  43. killitandeatit says: Feb 8, 2012 10:23 PM

    The problem here is it is hard to feel sorry for Tommy. He has 3 friggin rings, a mansion under construction, and is hooked up with one of the hottest babes on planet earth. I’m a 49er and am still seething,just being honest. Tommy comes across as a spoiled punk,again ,just being honest. His G.Q. high fashion doesn’t sit well with many. Football is more a blue collar ,gritty ,gettin your nose dirty ,CONTACT sport.
    I don’t believe it is fair or nice to make fun of any injury,just say’in. Tommy you are good but Eli is one lucky……….. son of ….

  44. hairpie says: Feb 8, 2012 10:44 PM

    bozosforall says: Feb 8, 2012 6:30 PM

    Just more proof that, unless Brady is perfectly healthy and has a good defense, he can’t win the big games.

    We won’t even talk about him not knowing the other team’s defensive signals anymore.

    ———————————————
    please explain in detail how he knew them before…..

  45. afc22 says: Feb 8, 2012 10:55 PM

    Ampats, he’s a useless insect….you mean the same way you are on the Jets posts? I guess what goes around comes around, you shouldn’t dish out the non-stop mindless garbage if you can’t take it yourself. Learn to have a little class before you criticize others for not having it

  46. tedmurph says: Feb 8, 2012 11:19 PM

    yevrag3535 says:
    What about his throat? Presure got to him again, not a real winer in the biggest games. It is a reality, winners win, he doesn’t.\
    ———————————————————-
    5 Super Bowls in 11 years, with 3 rings. That’s what winners do, slapd$ck. Before your next post, see if you can get a 3rd grade spelling consultant. Or maybe clownboy can help you. You’re on about the same level.

  47. tatum064 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:35 AM

    bradyisbetterthanrodgers says:
    Feb 8, 2012 6:42 PM
    what a surprise. bozo is the first to comment on a patriots article. get a life dude

    Pat fan, you had it coming. A few 100 blasts of smack following the Raven game, and the “This isn’t going to be like 2007, this is a different team” smack. People are going to stick it in, and break it off -and believe me , you’d be doing the same thing if you had won

    “We FLY HIGH” (Ballin)
    -Jim Jones (Giants Remix)

  48. osubuckfan says: Feb 9, 2012 12:52 AM

    I’d like to call for an immediate special HOF election to put Eli & Coughlin in NOW, just so I don’t have to read another article about their “legacies”.

    Seriously, if Hernandez is somehow able to grab the Hail Mary or tip it to Gronkowski, magically the Giants are bums and Belichick/Brady are the greatest ever?

    The media has sucked just about all of the enjoyment out of football for me once again with their fascination for hyperbole. I saw a mediocre Giants team beat a mediocre Patriots team by less than a touchdown. In no way can I make any assertions about football history based on what I saw. Neither team was among the greatest teams of the past five years, let alone history.

  49. krose91 says: Feb 9, 2012 3:40 AM

    ’5 Super Bowls in 10 seasons bla bla’ 3 before Spygate and this year they got in the Super Bowl beating only one team with a winning record. Wait. The Ravens beat themselfs. Pats suck. I hope they go to another 5 Super Bowls and lose them all. Another Pats Giants Game would be awesome. Eli will show up again.

  50. jkcranshaw says: Feb 9, 2012 7:49 AM

    ’5 Super Bowls in 10 seasons bla bla’ 3 before Spygate and this year they got in the Super Bowl beating only one team with a winning record. Wait. The Ravens beat themselfs. Pats suck. I hope they go to another 5 Super Bowls and lose them all. Another Pats Giants Game would be awesome. Eli will show up again.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    And the 49ers beat themselves, and if you really want to stick with that flawed logic… the Pat’s beat themselves in the Super Bowl. Did the Giants line Ninkovich up off sides reversing a 3 and out that would up costing the Pats 20-30 yards of field possession? Did the Giants put a 12th man on the field reversing a fumble recovery that would have prevented the Cruz TD (which was the only time in the first 57 minutes of the game that the Giants sniffed the endzone)?

    Granted that is a retarded argument, but it’s the one you seem to want to use… So using you logic the Giants haven’t won a game since Green Bay, wow, Giants Suck (insert sarcasm here)…

  51. tedmurph says: Feb 9, 2012 8:33 AM

    krose91 says:
    5 Super Bowls in 10 seasons But… excuse,excuse, schedule, luck, excuse, act of god, insult, excuse, other team helped them, excuse, but if it wasn’t for…, fantasy, root against ‘em, yada, yada, yada. Great post. Sounds like a jealous ravens sfan.

  52. bozosforall says: Feb 9, 2012 7:33 PM

    Steelers winning 4 in 6 years is much more impressive…and but for Terry Bradshaw getting hurt by the Raiders in one of the two AFC Champ games in the two seasons in between the four SB titles, it would have been likely 5 of 6.

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