Clyde Christensen “thought everyone knew” Tom Brady had a torn MCL

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Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady played all of the 2020 season with a torn MCL in his knee. The team never disclosed it on any of the various injury reports, from regular season through postseason.

Some have floated the notion that the Bucs are blameless for hiding the injury because Brady hid it from the Bucs. Quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen unwittingly blew up that theory in a recent appearance on CBS Sports Radio.

I thought everyone knew [about Brady’s torn MCL],” Christensen said, via JoeBucsFan.com.  “When I first met him, he said, ‘Hey, my knee’s not 100 percent but with the tape job and stuff I’ll make it through the season and after the season we’ll get her fixed up.’ . . . He really does have a unique understanding of his body and competing and what it takes, etc., and can manage it. . . . He kind of managed it. We tried to be smart. . . . We really didn’t modify much. We rested him like we would any veteran player at certain opportunities during the season.”

The “tape job” refers to the use of tape to stabilize the knee, given the torn MCL.

It’s unclear why Christensen would think everyone knew Brady had a torn MCL in his knee. Maybe everybody in the building knew, and maybe Christensen assumed that the injury would be, you know, properly disclosed. It wasn’t, and Christensen’s comments become just another piece of evidence that should prompt the league to take action in order to protect the flimsy integrity of the entire injury-reporting process.

34 responses to “Clyde Christensen “thought everyone knew” Tom Brady had a torn MCL

  1. The only thing Brady tore last year was the hearts out of millions of Packers fans, Saints fans, and Chiefs fans.

  2. Repeat offenders.

    A 1st and a 4th is the going price.

    We’re waiting, Goodell.

  3. Brady has never won without a top 10 defense, those are just facts

  4. Just what competitive advantage did Brady and/or the Bucs gain by not disclosing the injury? Maybe if teams knew he couldn’t run they would have keyed more on his passing than his dominating ability to run the ball? Really???

  5. Let’s be honest here. This situation would be an absolute nightmare for the league and it’s “new” gambling profits if the Bucs hadn’t won the super bowl.

  6. raiderhatersarepatheticlosers says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:26 am
    Brady has never won without a top 10 defense, those are just facts

    Great , neither did Montana

  7. After 87 heartbreaking losses for the Steelers due to Brady….Begrudgingly I really admire the guy now. That old, playing with a ripped knee, not missing games…who cares if the other teams knows or not. Certainly everyone is really banged by week 8, Brady found a way to manage around it, for that ring

  8. chrissimmsspleen says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:42 am
    Or, maybe Belechick/NE, not the Bucs forgot to say something…
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    A conspiracy theory wrecked by the fact Brady refused Pats’ medical after 2019 ended. But you’re forgiven for not knowing as facts are soon lost in all the hatred of Pats.

  9. “Just what competitive advantage did Brady and/or the Bucs gain by not disclosing the injury? ”

    You do know that most people couldn’t name the Bucs’ second-string quarterback from 2020?

  10. werliaros says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Just what competitive advantage did Brady and/or the Bucs gain by not disclosing the injury? Maybe if teams knew he couldn’t run they would have keyed more on his passing than his dominating ability to run the ball? Really???

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    The only advantage they would have gained would have been knowing what to target, but that would have been a significant advantage. Do you think Bountygate and Burfict’s 2013 fine for trying to aggravate opponents’ injuries are isolated cases? Go back in time even beyond that, and you’ll find numerous plays where a d-lineman blatantly speared opposing quarterbacks’ knees. Those actions cut far more than one quarterback’s career short.

  11. werliaros says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:26 am
    Just what competitive advantage did Brady and/or the Bucs gain by not disclosing the injury? Maybe if teams knew he couldn’t run they would have keyed more on his passing than his dominating ability to run the ball? Really???

    28 7 Rate This

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    This doesn’t matter.

    We have been told over and over again that the rules are the rules and intentionally doing ANYTHING, or even something totally innocent or very minor (BB mocking Mangini in braod daylight), has been punished to some degree. In NE’s cases, SEVERELY.

    Goodell is a cheater for punishing certain teams and looking the other way with other$.

  12. If this happened as a Patriot. A first,third and a million dollars would already be gone. Come on Troy and Roger be fair or admit the vendettas against the Pats were to appease the butt hurt New York media over their hatred for Belichick.

  13. It only matters to the gamblers, which is to say it doesn’t matter at all. If he was always gonna play, no reason it needs to be reported.

  14. flash1224 says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:52 am

    raiderhatersarepatheticlosers says:
    July 31, 2021 at 9:26 am
    Brady has never won without a top 10 defense, those are just facts

    Great , neither did Montana

    even better, neither did Bradshaw

  15. Yeah I do think it’s a big deal but only because it’s the rule and just one more time Brady thinks the rules don’t apply. Often validated by ref performance on the field. (Skirts anyone?). But do I really care? No. First I don’t think for a second he is the reason they won a title. Part of it yes but that D….but also because I think the injury report is bogus anyway. But it is a rule and it should have been followed.

  16. Saying it’s all good because they won the SB doesn’t come close to making this right, and not just because opposing defenders would have zeroed in on that knee. Open knowledge of that injury would have changed the betting on every aspect of every game the Bucs played last year. Millions of dollars probably wound up changing directions because of this. And some people are undoubtedly (justifiably) hacked off about it.

  17. better hope his O-line doesn’t lose half it’s starters like what happened to his opponents in the playoffs

  18. Neither Brady nor the Bucs are at fault here. Remember NFL, the most important thing is player safety. If disclosed, defenders would be targeting Brady’s knees. So the NFL should prioritize player safety and not care, who cares about it, injury report is just BS for the gamblers anyway.

  19. Brady provided much needed leadership but the Bucs defense won the SB. The defense demolished 3 HOF QBs in the playoffs.

  20. If anything, it saved some gambler’s money. If everyone knew before the Super Bowl that Brady was going to play with a torn MCL….everyone would have bet the Chiefs to win. Heck, 2/3rds of people were picking the Chiefs to win anyway. If everyone knew that injury, it would be 80%. And those 80% would have ALL lost. Because that injury had absolutely no impact whatsoever in that game. But the media would have been all over it.

  21. Coach Redd says:
    July 31, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Yeah I do think it’s a big deal but only because it’s the rule and just one more time Brady thinks the rules don’t apply

    Brady did nothing wrong here … It is the teams responsibility to report injury’s not the player. How many other players reported their injuries to the press and social media.

  22. Coach Redd says:
    July 31, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Yeah I do think it’s a big deal but only because it’s the rule and just one more time Brady thinks the rules don’t apply

    Brady did nothing wrong here … It is the teams responsibility to report injury’s not the player. How many other players reported their injuries to the press and social media.

  23. raiderhatersarepatheticlosers says:
    “Brady has never won without a top 10 defense, those are just facts”

    False.
    Defensive ranking based on total yardage of each Super Bowl winning season.
    2001 – #24
    2003 – #7
    2004 – #9
    2014 – #13
    2016 – #8
    2018 – #21
    2020 – #15

  24. touchback6 says:
    July 31, 2021 at 8:57 am
    Repeat offenders.

    A 1st and a 4th is the going price.

    We’re waiting, Goodell.

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    It still won’t help our coaches woeful drafting performance in the first round

  25. directdriver says:
    July 31, 2021 at 5:24 pm
    raiderhatersarepatheticlosers says:
    “Brady has never won without a top 10 defense, those are just facts”

    False.
    Defensive ranking based on total yardage of each Super Bowl winning season.
    2001 – #24
    2003 – #7
    2004 – #9
    2014 – #13
    2016 – #8
    2018 – #21
    2020 – #15

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    Not to mention that the defense choked in both SB losses to the Giants and didn’t even show up against the loss to the Eagles

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