NFL, NFLPA find “no deviation” from concussion protocol with Tom Brady

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During a May appearance on CBS This Morning, Tom Brady‘s wife Gisele Bundchen said that her husband suffered a concussion last year and her comment raised some eyebrows since Brady was never in the league’s concussion protocol.

While Brady didn’t dispute his wife’s assertion during an interview with ESPN, coach Bill Belichick said that the team complied with league rules regarding concussions as they pertained to Brady never appearing on an injury report due to a head injury. The NFL and NFLPA looked into that and announced in a statement on Wednesday that they found no reason to take issue with that statement.

“The NFL and NFLPA have conducted comprehensive evaluations of the Concussion Protocol as it applied to Tom Brady during the 2016-17 season. This review included an examination of all game film from every Patriots’ game last season, every report from the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants and Booth ATC Spotter assigned to those games and Mr. Brady’s medical records, which were produced pursuant to a release signed by Mr. Brady. This review identified no evidence of any deviation from the Protocol by the Patriots’ medical staff or the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants assigned to Patriots’ games or any indication that Mr. Brady sustained a concussion or reported signs or symptoms consistent with having sustained a concussion. We appreciate the cooperation of the Patriots’ medical staff in conducting this review.”

None of that means Brady never suffered a concussion, of course, but there’s not much for the league or anyone else to do as long as the only sign that he did came well after the fact from a secondhand source.

51 responses to “NFL, NFLPA find “no deviation” from concussion protocol with Tom Brady

  1. Concussed QBs do not lead their teams to epic SB victories, although I sort of wish they had fabricated another suspension just to push his rage meter back to full. But I guess in mean time they can focus more on QBs who are terrible for years and then drop 25 lbs of muscle while “recovering” from a two year old shoulder injury nobody disclosed.

  2. In summary: “We tried really, really hard to find a violation by the Patiots/Brady – but couldn’t even spin this one into a sanction. Drats!”

  3. Is anybody else a little surprised that the NFL’s statement didn’t end with “That being said, we are suspending Mr. Brady for the first 4 games of the season.” Not looking forward to when Roger does this to my Packers.

  4. Surprised Goodell didn’t cheat..Not Brady.

    Goodell just cheated the Cowboys..It’s what he does. Cheat, cheat and cheat some more in the name of “Article 46” where he admits he can cheat whenever he wants.

  5. mj323 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:14 am
    Is anybody else a little surprised that the NFL’s statement didn’t end with “That being said, we are suspending Mr. Brady for the first 4 games of the season.” Not looking forward to when Roger does this to my Packers.

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    Yes, I am very surprised. I am sure Brady has had a concussion, but if he did and it was a certain level of concussion and it was before the protocol was issued, this is a non-story.

    I can guarantee you the Pats do everything to the T after the Spygate framejob. That’s how I knew immediately Deflategate was also a framejob.

    If Goodell would do it once, apparently he was willing to do it again.

  6. I have been at all the pratices in camp and Tom is moving like an old man it’s a shame he might want to consider retiring before an injury decides that for him !

  7. This is exactly how the issue with the footballs should have been handled.
    Quietly and in house.

    Of course Wussy teams egged on by their arfing and clapping fans who simply aren’t man enough to put in the effort and work to compete with the 5 time World Champions so they cried to the league to do something about those meanies in Foxboro and the rest is history.

    And you clowns wonder why we love getting in your grill and mocking you 😀

  8. sbchampsagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:22 am
    So Tom gives up his private, personal medical records, but wouldn’t give up his cell phone records?

    More proof Tommy knew about the deflated balls and the cheating.
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    Yep totally proves it because we all know there’s no difference between his phone and his medical records. There’s all kinds of private communications and pictures with his supermodel wife and famous friends in those personal medical records. Remember the forensic sweep of his email where the league leaked emails about pool covers and Peyton Manning? Good times, good times. Keep that envy and jealousy fire stoked though, we enjoy your misery.

  9. sbchampsagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:22 am
    So Tom gives up his private, personal medical records, but wouldn’t give up his cell phone records?

    More proof Tommy knew about the deflated balls and the cheating.

    So you have photos of your wife and personal texts, emails, receipts from online purchases on your health records? The witch hunt is over. Tom got screwed and won the SB anyway. You’re just going to have to learn to live with it or keep entertaining us with these nonsensical rants.

  10. Don Bat says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:36 am
    No concussiongate for the man in the yellow hat?

    I know, right? Where’s Curious George? I’m a fan of TB12 but the not so much the Zoolander version.

  11. sbchampsagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:22 am
    So Tom gives up his private, personal medical records, but wouldn’t give up his cell phone records?

    More proof Tommy knew about the deflated balls and the cheating.

    How come there were no text messages or emails from Brady to all the other phones they did have?

    More proof the crybabies are not that smart.

  12. Every time this comes up I wish they’d refer to Zolak’s analysis of every Brady game last year, wherein the only hit the head he took was just at the start of the long game-tying drive in the SB. Brady jumped back up and the ref asked him if he was ok and was satisfied. But I guess news articles avoid this inconvenient evidence as they’d have no story.

  13. “Keep that envy and jealousy fire stoked though, we enjoy your misery.”

    No misery.

    Just pointing out what all the myopic NE fans aren’t willing to admit.

    No one is envious or jealous of cheating to win.

  14. notlistinin says:
    September 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    So much for the extreme victim status of Patriots fan. Narrative busted.
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    The simple fact that a year on from last season, NFL, NFLPA, sports news sites and whining salty haters are still looking for Brady to have done something wrong kind of proves the narrative you rail against.

  15. He may have fooled the NFL, but he hasn’t fooled his wife. He won this but lost at home and there is sure to be a price he has to pay. My guess this is his last year…….stock up on your tissues fanboys the end is near…..yawn.

  16. notlistinin says:
    September 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm
    So much for the extreme victim status of Patriots fan. Narrative busted.

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    Goodell has moved on to get another team/owner in line, right now it’s the Cowboy’s turn, unless you are the Giants/Jets it’s only a matter of time before its your teams turn.

  17. How DEFLATING this must be for all the fans of other franchises that were just hoping & praying the league would
    Fabricate something to frame the Patriots on hearsay…..

  18. sbchampsagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    “Keep that envy and jealousy fire stoked though, we enjoy your misery.”

    No misery.

    Just pointing out what all the myopic NE fans aren’t willing to admit.

    No one is envious or jealous of cheating to win.

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    There was no cheating. Ever.

    Don’t force me to post Bill Cowher’s comments backing BB on Framegate I (Spygate).

    Up to 6 former NFL coaches all said Goodell was lying.

    And, we know Brady was framed, as proven in a federal court.

  19. I will say it again… why do people care so much. He either had no concussion, or only suspected, but was never diagnosed and told his wife, or he did and he is hiding it. Who does it affect? Only him. He either didn’t get treatment for a concussion or he never had one. In either case, he was able to play effectively.

    The only reason people care is they think that somehow if Brady was diagnosed he would have had to miss a game or two. That’s why people want him to have a concussion. It’s really dumb.

  20. sbchampsagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 12:03 pm
    “Keep that envy and jealousy fire stoked though, we enjoy your misery.”
    No misery.
    Just pointing out what all the myopic NE fans aren’t willing to admit.
    No one is envious or jealous of cheating to win.

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    Explain how not volunteering that you think you might have a concussion is cheating.

    Please.

    The concussion protocol is there to protect the individual player. If Brady didn’t volunteer that he thought he had a concussion it means that maybe he didn’t get the right treatment and it could affect him long term. Not anyone else.

    What advantage did it provide the Patriots? Don’t say he would have missed time do to the concussion protocol, because if that’s your argument it’s wrong.

  21. sbchampsagain says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:22 am
    So Tom gives up his private, personal medical records, but wouldn’t give up his cell phone records?

    More proof Tommy knew about the deflated balls and the cheating.
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    Ugh … does it hurt to be wrong so much? First, he didn’t provide his phone. Second, he did provide the phone records. The NFL did nothing with them.

    Just can’t fix stupid.

  22. I’m not sure why anybody should believe the NFL investigated this or any other issue properly at this point.

    Who cares … the players have no recourse anyway.

  23. bullcharger says:
    September 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    The only reason people care is they think that somehow if Brady was diagnosed he would have had to miss a game or two. That’s why people want him to have a concussion. It’s really dumb.
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    The mere mention of his name seems to have that effect on some people. For the record just as all Pats fans are not tylawspick not all Dolphins fans disrespect Brady. Most of us non Pats fans just wish he was either playing for ‘our’ team or at least for a team in the NFC.

  24. aarons444 says:
    September 6, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    Up to 6 former NFL coaches all said Goodell was lying.
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    Name them..

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    Chuck Knox called it “hogwash”. That’s 1. Bud Grant, Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, Dick Vermeil

    Have a nice day!

  25. Michael LaRocca, Technical Editor says:
    September 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    The evidence is in the smart phone.
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    What evidence? Whose phone?

  26. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    September 6, 2017 at 11:27 am

    I have been at all the pratices in camp…
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    No you haven’t.

  27. Chuck Knox called it “hogwash”. That’s 1. Bud Grant, Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, Dick Vermeil

    Have a nice day!
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    Coach Knox said there ‘probably was nothing to it.’… and said in the same interview, if it WAS going on, teams would be caught.. and imagine that… they were…

    I’m not gonna research the rest.. Jimmy Johnson is a friend of Belichick, and I’m not sure how rosey his releationship was/is, at the very least Parcells would show respect to Belichick as their legacies are tied together.

    .. you have a good day as well.

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