NFL declines comment on Buccaneers’ failure to disclose Tom Brady’s knee injury

NFL: AUG 30 Buccaneers Training Camp
Getty Images

It already had become clear that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had failed to disclose Tom Brady‘s knee injury throughout the 2020 season. Previously, the NFL had declined comment on this obvious violation of the rules.

Now that the NFL, through its in-house media conglomerate, has reported that Brady had a fully-torn MCL in his left knee, the violation becomes even more glaring. The league persists in its refusal to address the matter, however.

“We will decline comment,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT via email on Thursday.

And so the team’s lack of transparency becomes compounded by the league’s lack of transparency. While that strategy may work in the short term, these issues could eventually create major problems for the league, as more states legalize wagering on sports and as more legislators and/or prosecutors realize that cheating now has consequences that extend far beyond the NFL’s 32 teams, affecting the integrity of the bets made on games.

The situation also underscores the existence and value of inside information. Eventually and inevitably, a scandal will emerge regarding someone on or connected to an NFL team funneling facts hidden from the public to gambling interests. At some point, the league will have a huge mess on its hands.

And so the league has two choices. It can be proactive about this issues and avoid the creation of the mess in the first place, or it can wait for the mess to unfold, feign ignorance as to the possibility of said mess, and wait for the government to clean it up through new laws or regulations or grand-jury investigations.

54 responses to “NFL declines comment on Buccaneers’ failure to disclose Tom Brady’s knee injury

  1. The league didn’t do anything regarding Andrew Luck and his injury they shouldn’t do anything here either if they are going to be consistent.

  2. The Bucs story was they didn’t know because Brady didn’t tell them. Not sure what the NFL is supposed to do here.

  3. Has the league finished the investigation into the Colts’ refusal to disclose Andrew Luck’s lacerated kidney and broken ribs? I don’t think so. Investigating Brady’s knee may take a long time if the NFL is that far behind

  4. If Tom Brady has any weakness it’s that he’s not perceived as a gritty tough guy. Stats, Super Bowls, and stories are what define these guys legacies. The Nfl knows that Brady is their most post-career marketable player and they don’t mind looking the other way to make a buck.

  5. There’s one assumption made here which is huge. The assumption is that the Bucs staff knew about the injury. If they didn’t, then….

  6. Not disclosing Brady’s injury had no effect on betting. In fact, it likely helped bettors that may have switched their bets to the Chiefs in the SB.

    Personally, I don’t understand why any team should have to tell anyone about injured players.

  7. It obviously had no effect on his play. Isn’t that the purpose of the injury report? To let bettors know whose play might be affected? I don’t see the problem…

  8. Should the packers also disclose why they couldn’t stop a one knee QB in their most important game?

  9. An MCL is nothing when the player is a QB who is a STATUE in the pocket. It a whole other story when that player has to run up the field or chase other people around.

  10. If Brady won 3 playoff games and the Super Bowl with a torn MCL in his plant leg, the league better watch out for the Bucs this year. That means what we saw in those last 8 games wasn’t the best he could be.

    Brady is a freak of nature.

  11. I cannot believe the NFL gave Brady the cheating advantage of only having to play with one good leg and making opposing defenses play with two. Will this preferential treatment ever stop?

  12. If played on one leg last year and won the Bucs won the SB, and he has TWO good legs this year? Might as well call the season…..

    Every team wants to repeat….I feel that this Bucs team has the best chance to do a back to back of any recent SB champ.

    That defense is VERY good. Those receivers are excellent. And Brady is Brady.

  13. Maybe it didnt affect him. Then why list it? He looked perfectly healthy to me. Injured list is dumb anyway…it only leads to targeting of injuries.

  14. Brady probably meant to call and tell someone but his phone accidentally fell underneath a hammer….

  15. If Tom Brady has any weakness it’s that he’s not perceived as a gritty tough guy.
    ____________________________________________________________________________________________

    By whom, keyboard warriors? They are a plethora of NFL defensive players that are on record calling Brady the toughest QB they have ever faced. The dude has a ton of grit.

  16. The team(bucs) should be fined and lose a draft pick or two and Brady should be suspended for a game or two..

  17. The fact Tampa kept this information
    undercover so tight let’s it fall
    under the “TUCK RULE” and therefore is legal!

  18. Rumor has it here around Tampa that after the Super Bowl win on the way back home Tom Brady fed 5000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish he caught barehanded in the Bay.

  19. Who cares, it’s a dumb rule. It should actually be changed because it would benefit the players more. Too often you have injured/hurt players and opponents can easily target their injuries and make it worse. I’d say player safety is more important than being transparent to gamblers.

  20. Outside of the football gambling and fantasy FB, what is the purpose of the injury list? If the NFL has a list, I think they should go the NHL route and just label everything generic like upper and lower body injury. I think they should get rid of the list and just focus on who is not playing with no explanation. I think its best for the league to avoid targeting issues anyway.

  21. The premise of this article is contradicted by the result of Brady’s play. An injury reveal would increase the spread and reduce the likelihood of the Bucs winning it all in the eyes of a gambler. The player may also feel they are at greater risk with an injury reveal. There is a reason it is called gambling, it comes with a lot of risk with the hope of a large reward. I have no problem with Brady concealing his injury or its effect on gambling. The NFL should worry more on competent officiating and bad game changing calls.

  22. At least when BB cheated he didn’t leave such an obvious trail behind. Very easy to prove this one.

  23. I’ll say they wait for the mess. The NFL is very reticent to do just about anything if they are being advised to do it by someone other than a butt in those 32 seats at an owners meeting or a broadcast partner.

  24. It is more probable than not that Tampa Bay Bucs personnel participated in violations of the Playing Rules and were involved in a deliberate effort to circumvent the rules

  25. The NFL knows exactly what’s going on. A 43 year old man playing a whole season on a completely torn MCL? Whether you love Brady or you don’t, just stop and think about that for a minute. And no, it’s not because of the TB12 miracle formula.

  26. “The Bucs story was they didn’t know because Brady didn’t tell them. Not sure what the NFL is supposed to do here.” Fine and suspend the player.

  27. If this had happened while Brady was still on the Patriots, Goodell would’ve already commissioned an investigation with a guarantee of fines and penalties.

  28. If you miss zero snaps due to an injury, why would that injury need to be reported? Sorry haters!

  29. Rodgers had 2 good knees and could not beat the old man Brady on one good knee. Might as well give it up Rodgers!!!!

  30. Teams do not have to put a player on the injury report if the player participates fully in practices and games. Hence, any injury Brady may have been carrying is irrelevant.

  31. Tampa Bay never put Brady on the injury report for 2020. (See pro football reference).
    Hence, there was no need for them to disclose any injuries to the league.

  32. Sweet Insanity says:
    July 15, 2021 at 8:42 pm
    An MCL is nothing when the player is a QB who is a STATUE in the pocket. It a whole other story when that player has to run up the field or chase other people around.

    —–
    and that STATUE, is probably the greatest QB ever in avoiding the pass rush.

  33. Brady is Superman… this season he’s going to play with one arm tied behind his back to give the rest of the league a chance.

  34. AFW says:
    July 16, 2021 at 8:51 am
    If this had happened while Brady was still on the Patriots, Goodell would’ve already commissioned an investigation with a guarantee of fines and penalties.

    8 3 Rate This

    ———————————

    Absolutely. It’s why BB over-reported every little thing. He knew Goodell would cheat the team with it.

    This?

    This is way worse because of the nature of the injury and TB never acknowledging the injury at all. It’s a clear rules violation. Clear. There is no debate.

    It proves Goodell has framed NE and given quarter to teams he favors for apparent financial gain, which is cheating.

  35. “ Doug Gambill says:
    July 15, 2021 at 7:43 pm
    Brady breaking the rules? That’s par for the course.”
    ———————————————————————————————-
    “golforepar says:
    July 16, 2021 at 10:18 am
    Once a cheater always a cheater Pathetic”

    ————————————————————————————————

    If either of you two can rationally explain to me how Tom Brady gained a competitive advantage by having a torn MCL, and not reporting it I would listen.

    Also, it’s the responsibility of the team to disclose injuries to the league for their weekly report. And this has zero to do with competitive advantage among teams. It’s all about gambling. Which apparently is the only reason sports exist now.

  36. Ok knuckleheads…listen up…

    It’s not cheating. Brady played with an injury that wasn’t even bad enough (for him) to disclose. It’s like playing while “dinged up”, which every player in every sport in history does. The Bucs did nothing wrong. Brady did nothing wrong.

    You just don’t like it because the Bucs beat you. Same storyline from the time Brady beat you while a member of the Patriots. I know you hate to lose to the guy, but not acknowledging where he stands in the pantheon of greats is silly and futile at this point. Your numbers are dwindling down to the single digits.

    Kudos to those that are mature enough to respect the talent, ability and fortitude it took to do that. Just like when Peyton Manning finished his career on top and he was clearly in pain. Takes guts and guile to do it. Few can.

  37. He makes an interesting point about inside information though. The line in the Super Bowl was KC -3 with a total of 56.5. What would those lines have been if Brady’s torn MCL was public knowledge? That’s market-moving information.

  38. imagine having to testify in front of a grand jury for performing your job injured, and for performing it better than everybody else?

  39. radar8 says:
    July 15, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Personally, I don’t understand why any team should have to tell anyone about injured players.
    ——-

    Because people inside the Buc training facility would still know he’s injured, even if the public doesnt. Imagine, in theory, how that insider info could be misused by a janitor or maintenance worker betting against the team, or selling that info to others.

  40. If the player doesn’t miss any practice or games there is nothing to disclose. The injury report indicates how likely the player is to play or miss an upcoming game. Brady played all games. No rules were broken.

  41. There is no off-season injury report. Players show up for camp and get medically cleared (or flunk…ala Edleman).

    Rapport is reporting the injury occurred during his last season with the Pats….. Which could place the Pats on the hot seat for failure to report.

    It appears that Brady is a very good QB….and is also pretty good at trolling his haters (particularly in the media)

  42. Why does playing fast and loose with the rules seem to follow Tom Brady wherever he goes?

  43. Success follows Brady wherever he goes. No one can still explain what rule Brady supposedly broke.
    Brady is successful. His haters find excuses. Repeat.

  44. I bet there’s at least a 10% chance, one player on each team cheated and held another player illegally during the year, damn cheaters.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.