When did Tom Brady tear his MCL? No one seems to know

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It’s now known that Tom Brady played most if not all of the 2020 season with a torn MCL in his left knee. So when did he tear it?

No one seems to know for sure.

Some believe it happened while he played for the Patriots. If so, the Patriots quite possibly didn’t know about it. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brady didn’t submit to an end-of-season exit physical after the 2019 campaign, his last in New England.

Whether and to what extent Brady had a thorough, probing physical before signing with the Buccaneers isn’t known. He has said that he began dealing with the problem in April-May 2020. He has never specified the incident or moment that tore the ligament.

It’s also not known whether he ever disclosed the injury to the Buccaneers, if it happened after he signed with the team. It’s possible that he never received treatment for the knee from any of the team’s trainers because he has his own training staff that operates under the umbrella of TB12 and Alex Guerrero. The question that becomes whether he mentioned the injury to coach Bruce Arians or anyone else with the team.

It’s hard to to imagine that the Buccaneers didn’t know about the knee injury. “Every week I was kind of tending to my knee, and I thought I would love to see a season where I can focus on some other strength stuff that I want to do, some other technique stuff where I’m not just focused on protecting my knee all the time,” Brady said in May 2021. If so, someone with the team eventually is going to notice — and Brady at some point is going to let his effort to protect his impaired knee become a factor in game planning.

Add this subject to the growing list of matters on which Brady needs to be questioned when he speaks to reporters at training camp, including but not limited to the identity of the “motherf–ker” to whom he was referring during a recent appearance on HBO’s The Shop.

20 responses to “When did Tom Brady tear his MCL? No one seems to know

  1. Stop trying to bring the Pats into it. It’s beyond repulsive at this point.

    The Bucs need to be held accountable. Period.

  2. It might not have happened all at once either. You can have a partial tear and aggravate it worse or fully tear it later. That can be days, weeks or months. I have to think if he had a full tear last offseason he would have gotten it surgically repaired back then.

  3. whostolemyxanax says:
    July 18, 2021 at 4:28 pm
    It might not have happened all at once either. You can have a partial tear and aggravate it worse or fully tear it later. That can be days, weeks or months. I have to think if he had a full tear last offseason he would have gotten it surgically repaired back then.

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    The full tear/surgery occurred when he was with Tampa. They hid the injury. If you can show us any report of “Brady/knee” on any injury report, then TB is in the clear.

    If that didn’t happen, Tampa has cheated which isn’t a surprise when you look at their current cap position. We won’t learn of KC or Tampa’s cap cheating for a few years now when the audits are run.

    But, circumventing the rules like this is cheating.

    We await the final punishment.

  4. Brady is the biggest narcissist in sports history. He is probably making all of this up for the attention he craves to feed his gigantic ego. He is a compulsive liar as has been proven so why anyone believes this egomaniac is beyond me

  5. No one seems to know because no one probably even asked him. You think the NFL’s gonna crack down on Brady for this?

  6. mhouser1922 says:
    July 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm
    Has anyone checked with Gisele?

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    Tom certainly does.

  7. Tomasina Brady’s career is constantly filled with cheating and rule breaking. He continues to fester. I hope his fans have sons who grow up to diss society through arrogance and illegal play.

  8. It seems believable that Brady hid his condition. I imagine, given his lack of mobility, he figured his brace would be enough to protect his knee–as long as nobody knew the extent of its vulnerability. If Gisele Bündchen was correct a few years ago when she said he’d had lots of concussions, then hiding his physical condition is not new to him. We all know players hide injuries. It doesn’t necessarily mean the team has violated any rules.

  9. Nobody knows because not too many people care, he won the greatest achievement in football. Playing through injuries used to be very common. I know I played through a spring, fall, and summer with a bad quad looking like Jake Taylor from major leauge running to 1b.

  10. Who has a Bigger head and loves to read about themselves everyday in the paper Lebron or Tommy ?? I want to throw up!

  11. Most NFL players have some type of nagging injury. Most are playing through some sort of pain. Some quit at the slightest bit of pain. Some have a higher tolerance for pain, and just refuse to take themselves off the field. Tom Brady is about as competitive as they come, and he’s probably not going to take himself out of a game unless he can’t walk. He seemed to be walking just fine the last time I saw him. He’s also not the type of person that’s going to be looking for a reason to get checked out by the trainers and medical staff. Now I’m not saying this approach is the intelligent approach, I’m just saying it’s the approach from a guy that’s won seven super bowls. So there’s a good chance Brady didn’t know the extent of his injury. He might have just thought it was the normal way a 43 year old QB’s knees felt. It’s not like a bunch of doctor’s and trainers, along with Brady and the coaches all got together and came up with a conspiracy to hide this injury from everyone else. Brady just probably thought whatever he was feeling in his knee wasn’t that serious, and he’d wait and see what it felt like at the end of the season, and get it checked out if it didn’t heal itself. After all, at his age, I don’t think he’s looking to sit out a season with an injury.

  12. He wore a brace on his knee, a dull ache, some pain, ice it down and onto the next game. This is a non story. Every team has players with aches and pains and is under some sort of conditioning so that they can continue to play.

  13. The Bucs see him wrap his knee and put a brace on it. If imagine a good % of players over 30 do the same thing. Absent an examination by the team physician (which Brady would never allow) I don’t see how they can be expected to have known.

  14. Like many a player has already said, most injuries go unreported, you sit out a practice or a game, someone else just might take your job. If you can play, you do.

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