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Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

Posted on: February 8, 2012 8:42 pm
Tuck's sack changed the complexion of the Super Bowl. (AP)
By Ryan Wilson

We wrote about this moments after the Giants beat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI: Tom Brady pre-Justin Tuck sack was a completely different player than the one after Tuck took him to the Lucas Oil Stadium Turf late in the third quarter.

Brady completed 20 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns (this includes breaking Joe Montana's Super Bowl record for consecutive completions) before Tuck got a hold of him. He was 7 of 17 for 75 yards with an interception afterwards.

At the time, we figured Brady had aggravated a left shoulder injury and that, in part, had something to do with the abrupt drop-off in production. That Brady slowly made his way to the bench and was surrounded by team doctors as they checked him out (not to mention the sight of Brian Hoyer getting loose) only confirmed the suspicions.

Well, on Wednesday, the Boston Herald's Ian Rapoport shared what he knows:
Brady landed hard on his left shoulder, aggravating the sprain from earlier in the season. The key word is “sprain.” This is the same injury that forced him to miss a practice during the AFC Championship week, an ailment he needed to manage. The aggravation didn’t lead to major injury, though, and Brady did not need to come out of the game for treatment. It also is not believed to be the kind of injury that will need to be dealt with much in the offseason.
Put differently: Tuck's hit hurt like hell but didn't cause lasting damage. Hoyer told Rapoport that “I don’t know if I’ll ever meet someone as tough as he is."

(Clearly, Hoyer hasn't met Gisele.)

After the game, one in which Brady sat dejected at his locker for a very long time, he finally spoke about the play that probably decided the outcome: the Brady-to-Welker throw-that-wasn't with four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

"Wes was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him," Brady said. "(Welker) went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect. He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possible can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love that guy."

For his part, Welker didn't make excuses.

"The ball is right there," Welker said when asked if he was looking for it on the other shoulder. "I've just got to make the play. It's a play I've made a thousand times in practice and everything else. It comes to the biggest moment of my life and I don't come up with it. It's discouraging."

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Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:21 pm

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

who cares he sucks, he lost twice in the superbowl.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:14 pm

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

The only time an injury like Brady's is "not serious" is when it happens to someone other than the person analyzing it.  Football players are warriors, and Brady definitely fit the bill Sunday.  It didn't work out for him or his team, but Brady played with an injury that would have at least fifty percent of the general public taking a day or two off of work.  Unfortunately, when your job is to play QB and you are in the Super Bowl, there are no "sick days."

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:10 pm

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

You're just flat-out wrong on the Welker play.  The safety was closing in from the middle of the field.  Belichick and the Pats ALWAYS have their QB throw toward the sideline shoulder of the receiver on that read.  Brady threw it perfectly.  Welker turned the wrong way (towards the charging safety instead of to the sidelines) and turned an easy catch into a tough one, got both hands on it while twisting his body and couldn't handle it.  It was Welker's mistake all the way.  That's why Welker blamed himself 100% for the muff and no one on the Pats contradicted him.  He just mis-read the play. If Welker would have even hinted that the pass was off, his teammates would have torn him a new one because everyone on the team knew that Welker simply blew the play.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: February 8, 2012 11:06 pm

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

Man, I hope Tom Brady can get over a non-throwing shoulder sprain in the next 6 and 1/2 months, or this might be worth talking about, in September.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:26 pm

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

KEY WORD.Left shoulder.His nonm throwing shoulder.

C'mon dude.  Your left shoulder is still attached to your body, any nagging play is going to affect any quarterback's movement, throwing and everything else.

I'm not making excuses for the Pats, they lost a game they just as easily could have won.  Nobody dominated this game, it was anybody's game all the way. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 10:16 pm

Report: Tom Brady's injured shoulder not serious

it was one of those games that brady and the pats played well. good enough to beat almost any other team, but they kept making mistakes at the most inopportune time, like that 12 men on the field call. pierre-paul jumpiing up and blocking brady's throw. that throw that welker dropped. it was a very hard throw to catch. when you are running full speed and the ball is thrown behind you, your hand are going the wrong way. it is almost impossible to bring the ball in. it was the physics of where the ball was and the psition of his hands. welker dowsnt have big hands. the ball was thrown behind him. the reason. manning would probably led him and it wouldhave been an easy touchdown. 

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:55 pm
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