The New England Patriots found themselves in headlines everywhere this offseason when Tom Brady’s wife said on television that he suffered a concussion in 2016 and that he’s gotten them in the past. This wouldn’t have been much of an issue if Brady had been on the injury report last season for a head injury, but he wasn’t.
Gisele Bundchen’s comments created a mini controversy with some speculating that the Patriots – or simply Brady himself – hid a possible concussion from the NFL, and from opponents. The league investigated the situation and found no wrongdoing, saying Brady never complained about or showed any signs of a concussion.
Coach Bill Belichick commented on the situation for the first time Tuesday, proclaiming that the Patriots follow all injury and concussion protocols just like every other team.
“We file injury reports every week. Not sure when the next one’s due, probably sometime in September, but we’ll have one for you then,” he told reporters. “We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines. Our medical staff really handles injury situations with players. Players don’t come to me, and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job.”
As Belichick said, the medical staff, not the head coach, deals with injuries players suffer. Granted, Belichick does have something to do with filing injury reports, but players go to the training staff first when they suffer an injury.
Not surprisingly, Belichick didn’t directly comment on whether Brady suffered a concussion. He probably felt it’d be best to leave that to the statement from Brady’s agent, which says “Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year.”
This entire situation will likely blow over unless there’s definitive evidence that Brady hid his symptoms from the medical staff in order to continue playing.
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SOURCE: FOX Sports – Cameron DaSilva