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Banged-up Brady’s a sore winner for Patriots

By ADAM KURKJIAN
Boston Herald

November 27. 2017 9:21PM
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field, with a game ball, after New England beat the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.?? ? (USA TODAY SPORTS)



It can be tough to get Tom Brady to admit when he’s even a little hurt.

Back in August during joint practices with the Houston Texans in West Virginia, Brady said, “I’m never sore.”

Well, after the Patriots’ 35-17 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, the quarterback seems to have come around on that particular topic.

In a game in which Brady was sacked only once but took eight quarterback hits, he admitted on his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan Show Monday morning that the Dolphins’ physicality did indeed take a toll.

“A little sore today, but that is kind of late in the year, a pretty physical game (Sunday),” Brady said. “A little extra treatment this week and I’ll be ready to go next week.”

The game got chippy at times, and some of the hits could have been construed as dirty. But Brady did not think so.

“I think it’s just over the course of the play, that is kind of how (the Dolphins) play,” he said. “They play physical. They play aggressive and sometimes they get called and sometimes they don’t. If the refs call it, they call it. If they don’t, they don’t. I always kind of lobby the refs all game to try and get a couple, but we really didn’t get any (Sunday).”

Brady wouldn’t call the Dolphins dirty.

“I think (the Dolphins) are trying to win and it’s just the style of play,” Brady said. “Some people play the whistle, some people play the echo of the whistle, some people play a little bit beyond that.”

On Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, notorious as one of the league’s most aggressive players, Brady said he’s “a tough player.

“He’s a very physical player. He’s always played that way and he gets called for penalties sometimes, and sometimes he doesn’t. I think he’s OK with that,” Brady said.

“I think their team is fine with that. I am glad we kept our poise. (Patriots wide receiver) Danny (Amendola) got into it with (Dolphins defensive back Bobby) McCain yesterday and McCain threw a punch and got kicked out. There’s risk-reward to all those things. I am glad we kept our poise all game and really didn’t get any of those penalties.”


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