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Brady played down the stretch in 2011 with separated left shoulder

Quarterback Tom Brady (L) of the New Eng Getty Images

Another Sunday, another report of a past injury to a Patriots player.

Last week came the news that offensive lineman Logan Mankins tore an ACL in Week One of the 2011 season against the Dolphins, and that he played the entire year with the undisclosed injury.

Today comes news that, in the Week 16 rematch with the Dolphins, quarterback Tom Brady suffered a slightly separated left (non-throwing) shoulder, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network.

The Pats reported a shoulder injury over the ensuing weeks, but it was hardly highlighted.  In Week 17, Brady missed the Wednesday practice with the “not injury related” designation.  Come Thursday and Friday, however, he was listed as limited with a “left shoulder” injury, and he was officially “probable” for the season-ending game against the Bills.

Two weeks later, as the Pats prepared to play the Broncos in the divisional round, Brady was listed as fully participating in Wednesday’s practice with a “left shoulder” injury, but he thereafter was removed from the report.

For the conference title game against the Ravens, Brady didn’t participate on Wednesday due to the shoulder, fully participated on Thursday due to the shoulder, and then disappeared from the injury report.

For the Super Bowl, Brady didn’t appear on the report at all.

Reports from late December indicated that Brady had a precautionary X-ray, but that there was no separation.  Given that there was a separation, it’s hard not to wonder whether the shoulder affected Brady’s accuracy in the Super Bowl, especially after he was crunched by Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck.  Later, Brady badly underthrew tight end Rob Gronkowski, and Brady was subtly off target on a potential game-clinching throw that Wes Welker has caught the bulk of the blame for not catching.

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30 Responses to “Brady played down the stretch in 2011 with separated left shoulder”
  1. kylealbertson says: Sep 16, 2012 9:03 AM

    Man, PFT loves the Patriots

  2. mjbulls45 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:05 AM

    wes had his hands on it,

    end of story.

    i saw randy moss catch a 1 handed pass from brady over the top of his head against revis in person,

    they shoulda never let go of moss.

  3. eventhorizon04 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:11 AM

    So an ESPN report during the season said no shoulder separation.
    Now, months later, an NFL.com reporter says there was a mild shoulder separation.

    Despite locking up the AFC East early, the Patriots let Brady play in all 16 games, so I’m strongly inclined to believe the separation was very mild.

    And I’m inclined to believe Brady’s missed throws in the Super Bowl were due to the Giants’ defensive line manhandling the Patriots’ offensive line, not due to an injury that wasn’t worth missing a single regular season game for.

  4. timpiker says: Sep 16, 2012 9:13 AM

    Your point? Thanks for the info. I didn’t hear Brady making excuses. If you’re implying the Pats are hiding something – sure why not? Want them to put a sign on the players that say “HIT ME HERE?”

    More power to them for being smarter than anyone else……. get over it, they are.

  5. thenewenglandpatriots12 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:18 AM

    Most under rated tough qb in the nfl…

  6. mikeyhigs says: Sep 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    So how exactly would a separated LEFT shoulder affect a right handed QB’s accuracy? I could understand it affecting his performance if it causes him to not want to get hit, but his accuracy? Really?

  7. allisab says: Sep 16, 2012 9:23 AM

    I’ll never understand why people think Brady isn’t tough.

  8. pdmo says: Sep 16, 2012 9:25 AM

    Everyone knows the guy is tough is nails by now… the guy has been getting up after big-time shots for 10 years.. I’m sure most players play the post season with an injury. .. Brady looked fine when he set a super bowl record during the super bowl game by completing 15 passes in a row in the first half.

  9. 4t9er says: Sep 16, 2012 9:26 AM

    Roethlisberger take note, you don’t have to announce to everybody your “injuries” to seem tough.

  10. moagecu says: Sep 16, 2012 9:30 AM

    whats the point of the injury report, New England clearly doesn’t use it

  11. andrewproughcfe says: Sep 16, 2012 9:30 AM

    This certainly explains why Welker couldn’t make that catch…

  12. riles1008 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:37 AM

    So sick of these hidden injury posts. When teams are putting bounties on guys heads, I wouldn’t want to disclose a kind of injury like that of my star quarterback either. These are real men playing a sport, get with it.

  13. The Prophet says: Sep 16, 2012 9:49 AM

    I know how time can change history and you’re trying to justify your story and all, but Tom Brady played his ass off in the SB and was as accurate as anybody and was TOTALLY the receivers who were off, lead by Wes Welker who literally cost them the Super Bowl in one play.

  14. cliffordc05 says: Sep 16, 2012 9:54 AM

    The injury report is extremely important to two groups and provides valuable information to both of them; the Sunday opponent and gamblers. I don’t blame teams for not providing detailed injury updates to their opponents and don’t give a damn if it upsets the guys setting the line in Vegas.

    I believe that Brady played in all of the games last year. So just exactly is the issue?

  15. razzlejag says: Sep 16, 2012 10:01 AM

    mikeyhigs says:Sep 16, 2012 9:21 AM

    So how exactly would a separated LEFT shoulder affect a right handed QB’s accuracy? I could understand it affecting his performance if it causes him to not want to get hit, but his accuracy? Really?
    ***************************************
    Dumbest post of the day.

  16. odj810 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:07 AM

    I love the patriots. but it was a Left shoulder. this isn’t a mankins type injury. Good job for playing but at this point who cares.

  17. lusdawg says: Sep 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    moagecu says:
    Sep 16, 2012 9:30 AM
    whats the point of the injury report, New England clearly doesn’t use it

    ———————————–

    He was on the report: “The Pats reported a shoulder injury over the ensuing weeks, but it was hardly highlighted.  In Week 17, Brady missed the Wednesday practice with the “not injury related” designation.  Come Thursday and Friday, however, he was listed as limited with a “left shoulder” injury, and he was officially “probable” for the season-ending game against the Bills.”

    You should read the article before you post.

  18. oldenglandpatriotsfan says: Sep 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    Before that sack by Tuck near the end of the third quarter, Brady was 21/24 (87.5%) for 191 yards and 2 TDs. That’s a passer rating of 127.6.

    After that sack Brady was 7/17 (41.2%) for 75 yards and 1 INT. That’s a passer rating of 30.3.

    Tuck’s sack must have re-injured Brady’s shoulder and was a major factor in the Patriots losing the game.

  19. east96st says: Sep 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    “More power to them for being smarter than anyone else……. get over it, they are.”

    Actually, the last two Super Bowls that NE has been in, NY has been smarter. What’s even more embarassing to your “theory” is that in the second meeting, no one from NE can claim that didn’t know exactly what was coming.

  20. jason9696 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:27 AM

    Big deal. I’m sure players play with injuries all of the time. But because he’s Tom Brady he gets all the headlines.

  21. grogansheroes says: Sep 16, 2012 10:35 AM

    If this was Big Ben, he would of been carted off the field and mad a triumphant return in the third quarter.

  22. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 16, 2012 10:41 AM

    Brady missed the aforementioned Superbowl passes because – as everyone knows – after he takes one good hit he melts like an ice cube in South Beach.

  23. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 16, 2012 10:43 AM

    Eli has played with a separated throwing sholder. Your point?

  24. strokeytheclown says: Sep 16, 2012 10:58 AM

    Another excuse for Brady. Circle the wagons!

  25. screbels89 says: Sep 16, 2012 10:59 AM

    Florio-I love your site and have been following you for over 10 years. I finally have to say your infatuation with the injury report reminds me of the kid who loved to be the hall monitor. I’m just saying. Let it go. Nobody cares but you. The tough guy stories like Mankins we love to hear but the “tattling” ones are getting old-like five years ago!

  26. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 16, 2012 12:03 PM

    Excuses, Excuses. And LOL at the Patriots fan giving thumbs down to everybody calling BS on these ridiculous “Brady is tough” stories. Wasn’t even his throwing arm. Tough men don’t go “WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!” down a waterslide with their hands in the air.

    Brady = Property of Eli Manning.

    Belicheat = Property of Tom Coughlin.

  27. mazblast says: Sep 16, 2012 12:34 PM

    As much as the patriots BS when they file their injury report, we’re supposed to believe this claim?

    Seriously, the Cult of Brady/Belichick has gone too far this time. While I don’t like players who milk their every twinge so they can look like heroes when they return (Ben, most Yankees, Paul “I have a serious knee injury, but I’ll be back in the 4th quarter” Pierce), I also don’t like this business of trying to explain away losses by citing previously unknown pre-existing injuries.

    Pats fans, face it. Your team lost in the Super bowl. Again. There’s no shame in that. Thirty teams’ fans wouldn’t have minded rooting for their team that day, win or lose. You and the media lapdogs who drink from the Pats trough can stop trying to sell retroactive pre-existing injuries to the rest of us.

  28. bluebongzilla says: Sep 16, 2012 12:38 PM

    Giants defense = Property of Tony Romo.

  29. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 16, 2012 1:33 PM

    Giants defense = Property of Tony Romo.

    —————

    Except when it counts……which is always the case with the Cowboys. They come up big when it counts the least, and come up short when it counts the most. I’m not a Giants fan, but the Giants manage to look underwhelming through most regular seasons and then come up huge when it matters most. That is what makes a great team.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 16, 2012 1:57 PM

    Tired of them coming out the YEAR AFTER they lose saying that basically everyone on the team played with some serious malady. You lose respect for that. Pats fans will think they’re “gladiators”, but I’m not buying it.

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