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Brady may have had concussion, wife says in interview

The Providence Journal, R.I.

May 17. 2017 9:43PM
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is shown during the fourth quarter of Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady was never listed on the injury report last season with any kind of head injury. His wife, however, says the Patriots quarterback suffered a concussion during the 2016 NFL season.

Gisele Bundchen appeared on CBS This Morning on Wednesday and told Charlie Rose that her husband suffered a concussion last year and then stopped herself short of saying he has them every year. The comment started when Rose asked Bundchen if she’s trying to get Brady to retire.

“You know, I just have to say as a wife, I’m a little bit, its, as you know, it’s not the most like, let’s say, un-aggressive sport, right?” Bundchen said. “Football, like he had a concussion last year, I mean he has concussions pretty much every — you know, we don’t talk about it but he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through like, through that kind of aggression like, all the time — that cannot be healthy for you, right? I mean I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.”

The NFL released a statement later in the day saying the league has reviewed all reports related to Brady during the season.

“There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible,” the statement read.

Brady appeared on the Patriots injury report multiple times last season, but never for a concussion. The quarterback dealt with multiple lower body injuries — including knee and thigh injuries over the last half of the regular season.

The NFL has a concussion protocol in place, which is supposed to protect players. If a player shows signs of a concussion in game or practice, they must be removed and evaluated. If the medical staff determines the player isn’t showing signs of a concussion, they’re allowed to return. In the event they have a concussion, they got into the protocol. The player is then not able to return to practice until they are cleared by a team doctor and an independent neurological consultant.

In 2015, on WEEI’s Dennis, Callahan & Minihane show, Brady was asked how many concussions he’s suffered and the quarterback replied, “I’d really not like to get into that.”


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