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Adam Schefter on D&C: Packers are best team left in playoffs

01.21.11 at 9:45 am ET
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ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning to talk about ESPN colleague Tom Jackson and his controversial comments this week, as well as Sunday’€™s conference championship games. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Schefter said he had not heard the clip of Jackson saying he picked the Patriots in a blowout to motivate the Jets and later backtracking on that claim, but he said Jackson puts a lot of thought into his picks.

‘€œThe one thing about Tom, he is the most thoughtful analyst and one of the most thoughtful people I’€™ve ever met in my life,” Schefter said. “I listen to him come up with some of the viewpoints that he does and I’€™m blown away by it, because they’€™re deep. He really gives a lot of thought. I did notice on Saturday, the things he was saying about the Jets were very interesting to me, very interesting.’€

After the guys played the clip for him, Schefter said it was probably a situation where saying anything at all just made things worse. ‘€œI can’€™t speak to this instance, but sometimes, anybody when they’€™re in a bad situation, sometimes they say something and it makes the situation look or sound worse. Sometimes you just say, ‘€˜I said what I said, and that’€™s it.’€™

‘€œI have not spoken to Tom about this. I haven’€™t seen him since the show last Sunday. I have not seen him since Bart Scott‘€™s postgame rant. I’€™ll see him this weekend. The one thing I come back to is there’€™s nobody I know who’€™s smarter about these things, more insightful, and why he said some of those things, I just can’€™t answer that. I don’€™t know.’€

When asked to pick a player who might stand out this weekend, Schefter turned his attention to Green Bay. ‘€œI’€™m big on the Packers. I think they’€™re the best team left in the postseason and I think they have the best quarterback left in the postseason. I think they’€™ve got the best defensive players left in the postseason in Clay Matthews and Tramon Williams, Charles Woodson. I just think they’€™re loaded.’€

Schefter said he’€™s taking the Jets in another upset in the AFC. ‘€œI think that Pittsburgh is a little beat up after playing a physical game against Baltimore. I think they have some question marks at some key spots, at offensive tackle, at cornerback. I think the Jets are rolling, beating the Colts and Peyton [Manning] in Indy, Tom Brady and the Patriots in New England, and I think that they’€™re so confidently cocky that they believe, they’€™re convinced, they’€™re going to Pittsburgh and going to beat the Steelers.’€

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Reports: Tom Brady undergoes foot surgery

01.20.11 at 8:03 pm ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady underwent surgery on his right foot Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to multiple media outlets. (Tom Curran of Comcast New England said Brady was out of surgery at 4:30 p.m.) Brady underwent the procedure to repair a stress fracture, one that hobbled him over the course of the 2010 season. According to medical experts, the type of surgery Brady underwent should leave him with a few months worth of rehab, but if all goes well, he should be OK for the start of training camp, if not sooner.

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Carroll: It’ll be a couple of months before Tom Brady is 100 percent, but he should be ready for camp

01.20.11 at 9:05 am ET
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In the wake of his surgery, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will ‘€œtake a couple of months’€ before he’€™s 100 percent again, but there shouldn’€™t be any worries about him being ready for training camp, according to noted sports injury expert Will Carroll.

In an e-mail exchange with, Carroll sounded a relatively optimistic note about Brady’€™s upcoming surgery on his right foot, saying it’€™s similar to the process that Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia underwent for his foot injury.

‘€œThis one’€™s double-duty ‘€” if it is a Navicular fx (and pretty much all sources say it is) ‘€” then you’€™re looking at the same thing Pedroia had done,’€ writes Carroll. ‘€œThey’€™ll make sure it’€™s lined up, put in a pin or screw if needed, and it should take a couple months to be 100 percent. Just as I don’€™t expect Pedroia to have any issue once he comes back after letting it heal in the offseason, I doubt Brady will have any issue being ready for training camp.

‘€œThe only issues he might have are some residual pain, arthritis, and similar. He’€™s not mobile to begin with, so I don’€™t think we have to worry about foot geometry changes.’€

According to a report, Brady will undergo surgery as early as this week on his right foot, reportedly for a stress fracture that bothered him throughout the season. It will be the fifth surgery for the 33-year-old quarterback, who has also had his shoulder, knee and groin operated on over the course of his career.

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In Focus: Tom Brady’s decision to have surgery

01.20.11 at 12:39 am ET
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So, another year goes by where we’€™re robbed of the opportunity to see Tom Brady play in the glorified flag football competition known as the Pro Bowl.

The news that the Patriots quarterback will undergo surgery due to a stress fracture on his right foot at Massachusetts General Hospital ‘€” possibly as early as Thursday ‘€” means Brady will be on the shelf for the start of the offseason. If the reports are accurate, Brady will have an operation similar to what Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia had last year for a fractured navicular bone. (Pedroia’s rehab process was almost three months, according to this story on the second baseman.)

Using the same timetable, the procedure is taking place early enough in the offseason that if the bone heals without any complications, Brady should be ready for training camp without issue. (Never the most mobile quarterback in the world, expect him to joke about how this surgery will almost assuredly make him even slower than he already is.) If all goes according to plan, as far as this having any long-term impact on his career, it should be relatively minor.

Brady dealt with the foot problem for much of the second half of the season ‘€” going back through old injury reports, the foot problem first surfaced in November and stayed with him over the second half of the season. In addition, a walking boot was spotted in his locker on several occasions, although he was never spotted wearing it throughout the year. And he did miss an occasional practice, which raised eyebrows.

However, the quarterback certainly didn’€™t let it affect his production. He played some of the best football of his career in November and December, leading the Patriots to eight consecutive wins to close out the regular season and throwing 22 touchdowns without an interception along the way. Included in that stretch was a four-game span where he went 91-for-124 for 1,203 yards, 14 touchdowns, zero interceptions and a 138.6 passer rating. He finished the season with 36 touchdown passes, four interceptions, 3,900 passing yards and a passer rating of 111.0. He figures to win his second NFL MVP award when the voting is announced next month.

This will be the fifth overall surgery for the 33-year-old Brady ‘€” earlier during the 2010 season, he acknowledged he had surgery in the past on his shoulder, his knee, his groin, as well as one other undisclosed procedure. He also finished up last season with a variety of injuries, including a rib injury and a broken right ring finger.
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NFL Draft Early Look: Outside Linebackers

01.20.11 at 12:05 am ET
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(This is the first entry in a regular series will have leading up to the 2011 NFL draft that looks at some options available to the Patriots.)

Last season, many figured the Patriots would go after a pass-rushing outside linebacker early in the draft. Though they took Jermaine Cunningham in the second round, their choice to not go after a guy like Jerry Hughes in the first round was at least mildly questionable. Hughes is looking like a pretty bad pick for the Colts, but the Patriots find themselves still lacking a solid pass-rusher at outside linebacker.

State of the position: Tully Banta-Cain (2 years remaining), Rob Ninkovich (2 years remaining), Dane Fletcher (3 years remaining), Cunningham (3 years remaining).


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Tom Brady reportedly set for foot surgery

01.19.11 at 10:25 pm ET
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Tom Brady will undergo surgery on his right foot as early as Thursday, according to a report from, as the Patriots quarterback will take care of a lingering stress fracture in his foot with a procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The injury first came to light in November, when the quarterback was listed on the injury report with a foot problem, and Brady was listed on the injury report for much of the rest of the season with a foot injury. He did miss an occasional practice, but played in all 16 regular season games and helped lead the Patriots to a 14-2 regular season record and the No. 1 seed in the AFC.

The injury didn’t seem to hinder Brady’s performance, as the quarterback had one of the finest seasons of his career ‘€” he threw 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions over the course of the regular season, and is the odds-on favorite to take home his second NFL MVP award.

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Report: Tom Brady’s foot will leave him a no-go for Pro Bowl

01.19.11 at 9:37 pm ET
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will not be going to the Pro Bowl because of his injured foot, according to a report from WCVB-TV. Instead, Brady will be replaced on the AFC roster by Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel. Brady’s foot was a problem for much of the 2010 season ‘€” the quarterback was frequently listed on the injury report with a foot issue. In addition, WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan reported Wednesday morning that the New England quarterback suffered an injury to his foot either before or during the divisional playoff loss to the Jets.

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