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NFL: No sign Tom Brady complained of concussion symptoms

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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen was a guest on CBS This Morning on Wednesday and told Charlie Rose during an interview that her husband suffered a concussion during the 2016 season.

That came as new information since Brady didn’t miss a game due to a concussion last year and never spent time in the concussion protocol, which may be because Brady never told anyone from the team or its medical staff about symptoms he was experiencing. The NFL issued a statement regarding Bundchen’s revelation on Wednesday afternoon.

“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office,” the statement reads. “There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”

The NFL has spent a lot of time setting up protocols for identifying players who have suffered concussions during games and treating those injuries in the days that follow in recent years. A player who is able to keep symptoms from being readily apparent to others is something that can’t be accounted for in those protocols and it’s difficult to imagine how they’d be able to come up with one that could account for such situations happening in the future.

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  1. hilmsay says: May 17, 2017 4:57 PM

    It’s football. You will get a concussion at some juncture

  2. huskersrock1 says: May 17, 2017 4:57 PM

    She is going to get him to retire one way or the other.

  3. TheWizard says: May 17, 2017 4:59 PM

    This is Giselle’s first public shot at getting the career to wind down. Problem is, Tom may never be the same guy once he’s removed from the game he’s played all his life.

    Careful what you wish for.

  4. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 17, 2017 5:01 PM

    The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”


    LOL. Riiiight…..

  5. weepingjebus says: May 17, 2017 5:02 PM

    Better hire some tobacco defense experts and spend $5 million to be sure, though. I want more trophies.

  6. LyinRogerMustGo says: May 17, 2017 5:04 PM

    There’s going to be 18 games and there’s still Thursday night football.

    But we care about “heath and safety”. Whatever you say #LyinRoger 😀

  7. pbinpb57 says: May 17, 2017 5:05 PM

    This is going to get ridiculously out of hand

  8. maust1013 says: May 17, 2017 5:06 PM

    Perhaps she chose her words poorly, if you listen to the interview it is plain she is not entirely comfortable in English. With a more than adequate backup available it is unlikely the Patriots would have risked him out there. If he was dinged he might have kept it to himself out of fear of being Bledsoed by Jimmy G but I doubt it.

    And now for another trollathon by the usual suspects…

  9. cueghost says: May 17, 2017 5:06 PM

    But ….. Just to be sure, Roger Goodell has commissioned Ted Wells to take a little deeper look into this. We can expect a report from Mr. Wells in anywhere from 6 to 36 months… 😉

  10. blitzinc43 says: May 17, 2017 5:11 PM

    As a close friend of the organization it seems as though something here is incorrect/fishy.

  11. It should read"the triumphant return of Lemmy Akyadis" says: May 17, 2017 5:12 PM

    Waiting for all those folks who bought into the NFL’s framegate story to now tells us that the NFL is now protecting Brady.

  12. Nofoolnodrool says: May 17, 2017 5:14 PM

    Perhaps she chose her words poorly, if you listen to the interview it is plain she is not entirely comfortable in English. With a more than adequate backup available it is unlikely the Patriots would have risked him out there. If he was dinged he might have kept it to himself out of fear of being Bledsoed by Jimmy G but I doubt it.

    And now for another trollathon by the usual suspects…

    Does anyone expect the troll tracker to think his heart throb could possibly be at fault …no of course not that would be too adult to accept a differing opinion. Sure blame his wife….priceless when she maybe trying to save his quality of life. That’s a fanboy for ya.

  13. streetyson says: May 17, 2017 5:14 PM

    You can see in the photo that he’s holding his head after getting hit with Super Bowl confetti – I know it’s only very light but when you’ve been hit with it as often as he has it’s gonna mount up.

  14. dimi1919 says: May 17, 2017 5:15 PM

    Where’s the “close friend of the organization” guy? He’ll fill us in.

  15. rgorr44 says: May 17, 2017 5:16 PM

    That statement certainly covers Roger’s butt. As usual, league protocol was followed impeccably. If there is a problem it’s always someone else’s doing.

  16. lanman11 says: May 17, 2017 5:20 PM

    This will pretty much guarantee that the NFL will be crawling all over the Patriots sideline this season looking for people they can take out of games because of concussions that are more probable than not, regardless of what the truth is. With all the potential lawsuits the NFL is facing, they’d like nothing more than to showcase that they are all over this issue as witnessed by the fact that they are penalizing their own Premier Franchise.

  17. finnymcphin says: May 17, 2017 5:24 PM

    The NFL’s concussion system leaves a lot to be desired and they know it. Plenty of people on this site have probably been concussed and most of them probably didn’t know it or manifest symptoms immediately afterwards. Often it isn’t until anywhere from 4-24 hours after the event that a concussion becomes apparent. A few years ago my brother got t-boned in a nasty accident. We played league darts that same night and he cleaned up. The next morning his pupils were the sice of saucers, he couldn’t tie his shoes or keep his balance. The concussion was so severe he was hospitalized for over a week and it was months before he was fully recovered. Anyone familiar with concussions at all can give you an example just like that. What the league does now is window dressing. The whole protocol is just closing the barn door a years after the horse made it’s escape. And the charade is largely pointless, it’s about being seen to give a damn. Unlike players from years ago today’s players know the risks.

  18. cadreamer1969 says: May 17, 2017 5:48 PM

    If they determined or suspected he got a concussion during the game, he can’t do interviews. He didn’t miss an interview. So when and who determined he got concussions?

  19. igotgamenj says: May 17, 2017 5:49 PM

    This will be Tom Brady’s last year in the NFL

  20. kemp13 says: May 17, 2017 5:51 PM

    hilmsay says:
    May 17, 2017 4:57 PM
    It’s football. You will get a concussion at some juncture

    Sure you do. And unless you’re a stark raving lunatic you let a doctor know. Or risk being in the market for a drool cup and a personal assistant to remember your family’s names by the time you’re 50.

    If he had a concussion or concussions and kept it to himself, that doesn’t make him a warrior. It makes him a fool.

  21. terripet says: May 17, 2017 5:53 PM

    Dictator Bill is the best at hiding injuries

  22. iandemartino says: May 17, 2017 6:01 PM

    How would he get a concussion, when the league doesn’t let anyone touch him?

  23. donlogansb says: May 17, 2017 6:08 PM

    If he did have a concussion, it sure didn’t impact his level of play….

    Maybe he was concussed in the first half of the Super Bowl. If so, he made one speedy recovery.

  24. AngryHumanoid says: May 17, 2017 6:11 PM

    This is strategy, she wants him to win another trophy, she leaks this to build people up in a fury of accusations, he gets angry, he steps up his game in response: boom goes the dynamite.

    Clever girl…

  25. tedmurph says: May 17, 2017 6:18 PM

    Headboard concussions shouldn’t have to be reported to the league.

  26. bullcharger says: May 17, 2017 6:19 PM

    igotgamenj says:
    May 17, 2017 5:49 PM
    This will be Tom Brady’s last year in the NFL

    —————–

    If you make the same prediction for 10 years in a row and are wrong and then one day you are finally right, do you get a prize or something?

  27. udub says: May 17, 2017 6:23 PM

    Not complaining doesn’t equal not having a concussion.

    Hmmm, maybe he didn’t complain because…he didnt want the news out there, didnt want the 24/7 sports news world to be debating whether he should play, didn’t want to potentially miss time after already missing the 4 suspended games. The list goes on

  28. smithdp says: May 17, 2017 6:49 PM

    As a close friend of a close friend of the organization, I think someone has their facts wrong.

  29. keiselsbeard says: May 17, 2017 6:50 PM

    #CoverUp #ConcussionGate

  30. anon5121 says: May 17, 2017 7:03 PM

    There are no records of Brady having a concussion. That’s the problem. Good job Giselle. Yikes.

  31. popcherrycoke says: May 17, 2017 7:09 PM

    “This will be Tom Brady’s last year in the NFL”

    The fact that you’re praying for this to be true is hilarious and nicely sums up the mentality of all the Pats melters. That’s right. You’re not haters, you’re melters. Tom Brady could sneeze and you’d have a meltdown about it.

  32. celticsforever says: May 17, 2017 7:20 PM

    I know a guy who’s neighbour has an uncle who’s fishing buddy saw TB on the interstate during the season. He said he completely looked like he had a concussion.

  33. factpurveyor says: May 17, 2017 7:34 PM

    NFL: Still refusing to show fans of the NFL the PSI information that was collected during the 2015 NFL season.

    It’s really deceitful and dishonest that the NFL would hide that PSI information from fans of the NFL so soon after 2014 … which is when Roger Goodell pledged more transparency.

    Continuing to hide that 2015 PSI information from fans of the NFL demonstrates just how disingenuous Roger Goodell was in 2015… when Roger Goodell said that “the integrity of the game is the most important thing”.

  34. unleashdabeast24 says: May 17, 2017 8:01 PM

    This is what happens when you let your wife speak for you on a TV show.

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: May 17, 2017 8:07 PM

    Headboard concussions shouldn’t have to be reported to the league.

    We are talking about concussions and this poster interjects some locker room trash from high school……pathetic….but a real football sage.

  36. ocgunslinger says: May 17, 2017 8:15 PM

    udub says:
    May 17, 2017 6:23 PM
    Not complaining doesn’t equal not having a concussion.

    Hmmm, maybe he didn’t complain because…he didnt want the news out there, didnt want the 24/7 sports news world to be debating whether he should play, didn’t want to potentially miss time after already missing the 4 suspended games. The list goes on
    ———————————————————
    How about if he had a concussion he wouldn’t be able to execute a plan that requires clear cause, effect and option thinking.

  37. nolasoxfan2012 says: May 17, 2017 9:06 PM

    It’s amazing how fast the NFL can respond to something when it wants to…

    …but offers nothing but crickets when it has something to gain by silence.

  38. hang3xc says: May 17, 2017 9:23 PM

    finnymcphin says:
    The whole protocol is just closing the barn door a years after the horse made it’s escape. And the charade is largely pointless, it’s about being seen to give a damn. Unlike players from years ago today’s players know the risks.
    ——————————

    There are still 1500 or so horses in the barn, coming and going each year, ao it’s no charade.

    Also, it isn’t like players were totally clueless about concussions before the NFL instituted a protocol. Any idiot knows, since probably the beginning of time, that getting your bell rung is bad and getting it rung repeatedly would be even worse. The only difference now is the NFL acknowledges it.

    Back then you shook it off if you wanted to remain in a lineup where guys were just jumping at the chance to take your place. Now you are forced to sit… and taken out of the lineup where guys are just jumping at the chance to take your place.

  39. Dreaded Parakeet says: May 17, 2017 9:24 PM

    “NFL: No sign Tom Brady complained of concussion symptoms.” Who is saying he complained to anyone in the league. No one is s saying that and certainly not the wife. He obviously talked about things with the wife and she has her own interpretation. If he kept the team in the dark that’s on him and but the wife inadvertently threw him under the buss. Now the team and the NFLPA have to investigate as she prepares a retraction.

  40. genericuser8888 says: May 17, 2017 10:03 PM

    If his wife’s talking gets Roger to make Tom sit as a “precautionary measure” until an NFL “investigation” can take place, there are going to be a LOT of pissed off people.

    I wouldn’t put it past Roger.

  41. eljefedelmundo says: May 17, 2017 10:15 PM

    “I mean he has concussions pretty much every year but we don’t talk about it”

    First rule of not talking about it- don’t talk about it on TV…

    What’s the penalty for getting caught lying to the Ginger Hammer a second time?

  42. Bubbalicious says: May 17, 2017 11:08 PM

    Lost in Translation.

  43. RyanToCollinsAndBrown says: May 17, 2017 11:53 PM

    So … How about somebody just ask her for more details, eh?

    I doubt TB could “hide” actual concussion symptoms from doctors, trainers, other players or coaches day to day, nor does it seem plausible that he or the organization would. Very little to gain, especially with a good back-up QB, and lots to lose. At a minimum, this HC wouldn’t be entrusting next week’s game plan to a concussed #12.

  44. walker1191 says: May 18, 2017 12:01 AM

    No idea, but I’m sure she regrets sitting for the interview. Next time I expect that she’ll Belichick Charlie Rose.

  45. nyneal says: May 18, 2017 5:27 AM

    How many “bubble” players do you think had concussions last year and didn’t tell anyone? I bet a whole lot of them. They’re trying to stay in the league and don’t want anyone to know about injuries like that.

    On a related note — I spoke to my grandson’s middle school baseball coach last night. He said coaching these kids is ridiculous now. If a kid tells him he got hit in the head with the ball in practice, or if a kid gets hit in the head while fielding a ball — even if the ball just grazes him — he has a whole concussion protocol to go through. He must notify the kid’s parents or guardians, and they must set up a 24 hour watch on the kid, and if he has any thing going on at all, a doctor must be called. Don’t get me wrong — if a kid gets a solid hit to his head, by all means, do all of that. But he said it’s done for the least little thing.
    He said that goes for other “injuries” too. He said the kids are so aware of all this stuff, that they complain about everything. He said they have all become drama queens when the least little thing happens, like skinning your knee when you slide, etc.
    He said it takes all the fun out of coaching and the only reason he is doing it (he’s just 24 years old) is because no one else wanted to do it.
    I grew up in the 60’s and my 4 brothers and me and our friends played baseball just about every day all summer long. My mom always knew where to find us. We’d come home with bumps and bruises and she’d tell us to put ice on it or she’d put Mercurochrome or iodine on it and put a Bandaid on it and we’d be right back on it the next day.
    My granddaughter plays on the middle school softball team and they make them wear masks not only when they bat, but in the infield, too. What a joke. The result is they don’t learn how to field a ball so you don’t get hit in the face or get out of the way when a pitch is coming at your head.
    I call it the “wimpazation of America”. We have turned our kids — and to a degree even the professionals — into a bunch of wimps.

  46. heeeeelzfan says: May 18, 2017 7:28 AM

    No doubt this is an elaborate conspiracy concocted by the evil (ex-GM) Ryan Grigson and the Indianapolis Colts…right?

  47. hehateme2 says: May 18, 2017 7:47 AM

    Further…she tells him what to eat and probably lays his cloths out for him to wear.

    Including his Uggs, yuk!

  48. pensfan1 says: May 18, 2017 8:02 AM

    Brady’s general demeanor on the field may make seeing him with a concussion difficult, even to someone looking for one. He always has the same slow methodical walk looking straight out or down until the ball is snapped. He can either look always in pain or never in pain. Unless he is out for the count on the field or obviously walking/falling down, who would know? Unless he/the Pats voluntarily say he is hurt they get away with it.

  49. gizzmonic says: May 18, 2017 8:33 AM

    who cares if he had a concussion, in the end he will only need to be able to count to six

  50. RegisHawk says: May 18, 2017 8:49 AM

    Well, he likely lost the ability to communicate, so he couldn’t complain.

  51. ggreen657 says: May 18, 2017 8:58 AM

    In my day the coach asked how many fingers he was holding up.

  52. walker1191 says: May 18, 2017 9:28 AM

    “Yes, that is true. I was concussed last year – it was in the AFC title game held in January of 2016 in Denver. I got hit on that final drive, had some concussion symptoms a few days later, and it took a week or more to recover.”

    There. Problem solved. What’s the next issue?

  53. hamlet423 says: May 18, 2017 9:30 AM

    If the NFL concussion protocol couldn’t flag Chase Keenum for a concussion during a game 2 years ago–bad hit in game vs Ravens, gets up stumbling, grabs helmet, dazed and confused, throws int on next play—then simply there is no way Brady is ever coming out of a game for a concussion protocol. Now the PR over the Keenum situation was bad…But QB Matt Moore took a shot in playoff game vs Steelers, missed only a few plays, but didn’t really have the full eval before going back it. Again, there is no reason for a team to do it and lose their starting QB given the competitive disadvantage. Better to take the PR hit and play your QB than take them out.

    Brady could take a shot that knocks him unconscious. He is back in the game the second he wakes up.

    They will then make up a long explanation why. And life goes on.

    The only way it changes is if an NFL player dies from suspected second impact syndrome. But if that happens, the game may be in much bigger trouble.

    Brady is never leaving a game for a concussion. He might not leave the game for a broken leg for that matter.

  54. silvernblacksabbath says: May 18, 2017 9:45 AM

    I remember in 2001 or 2002, Raiders’ Rich Gannon got knocked out cold on the field before halftime vs Denver..

    He came back in after half time and led the Raiders to victory. That’s how you do it!

  55. fjw2 says: May 18, 2017 9:46 AM

    I don’t think the Brazilian model / wife Gisele knows the meaning of the word concussion. Someone should ask her for more details before they go making rash decisions. She probably meant to say that he was hit or received impacts to the head. Not that he received a concussion. She wouldn’t know if he was actually concussed unless there were symptoms, which there were none.

  56. panther17 says: May 18, 2017 9:48 AM

    This is on the NFL. Not the Patriots. It’s the NFL employees who are supposed to pull anyone from the field that looks like they have a concussion. It’s all supposed to be out of the teams hands to make sure players health is looked after and not a teams desire to win. So if any game showed Mr. Brady showing signs of a concussion, its on the NFL for not pulling him.

  57. harrisonhits2 says: May 18, 2017 10:00 AM

    “I remember in 2001 or 2002, Raiders’ Rich Gannon got knocked out cold on the field before halftime vs Denver..

    He came back in after half time and led the Raiders to victory. That’s how you do it!”

    I do too. And respected him greatly for his toughness.

    Now instead of being considered tough for such an action players would be considered “cheaters”.

    SMH

  58. horsepedlr says: May 18, 2017 10:35 AM

    idon’t care one way or another if he got a concussion. this is about the injury report or lack there of. bb is and has screwed with it for years.

  59. psousa1 says: May 18, 2017 10:37 AM

    TB and about 100 players each week have undocumented concussions, show no outward symptoms and do not report it.

    Guys at that level of play are so super competitive they won’t let something as serious as their health get in their way.

  60. walker1191 says: May 18, 2017 10:41 AM

    ggreen657 says:
    May 18, 2017 8:58 AM

    In my day the coach asked how many fingers he was holding up.
    ————————————————————-
    Spinal cyst? Rub some dirt on it and get back out there.

  61. rocketmcstonebreaker says: May 18, 2017 10:43 AM

    The NFL cares about concussions about as much as it cares about domestic violence. Fire Goodell.

  62. baseballiseasymoney says: May 18, 2017 10:53 AM

    Patriots fans are battling Packers and Cowboys fans for turdiest of the league. Keep up the good fight guys.

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