|01.20.11 at 9:05 am ET|
In the wake of his surgery, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will ‘take 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 WEEI.com, 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.
‘This 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. ‘They’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.
‘The 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 Boston.com 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.
|01.20.11 at 12:39 am ET|
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 WEEI.com 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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|01.20.11 at 12:05 am ET|
(This is the first entry in a regular series WEEI.com 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.
OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS IN THE DRAFT TO KEEP AN EYE ON:
|01.19.11 at 10:25 pm ET|
Tom Brady will undergo surgery on his right foot as early as Thursday, according to a report from Boston.com, 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.
|01.19.11 at 9:37 pm ET|
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.
|01.19.11 at 8:07 pm ET|
The Patriots announced Wednesday night they have signed offensive lineman Thomas Austin and tackle Steve Maneri to future contracts. The two players finished the 2010 season on the Patriots practice squad. Here’s a portion of the announcement from the team:
Austin, 6-4, 310 pounds, was originally signed by Minnesota as a rookie free agent on April 24, 2010 out of Clemson. He was waived by Minnesota on Sept. 4 and joined the New England practice squad on Sept. 29.
Maneri, 6-6, 290 pounds, spent the first three weeks of the 2010 season on the 53-man roster of New England after being claimed off waivers from Houston on Sept. 5, 2010. He was waived by the Patriots on Sept. 27 and signed to the practice squad on Sept. 29. Maneri originally signed with Houston as a rookie free agent on May 7, 2010 out of Temple. Maneri was inactive for the first three games of the season for the Patriots.
|01.19.11 at 1:54 pm ET|
Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch spoke Tuesday with KJR Radio in Seattle about the season-ending loss to the Jets, what the New York players did that made him angry and the amount of trash-talking that was going on on the field during the game:
What happened in the game against the Jets:
‘It just goes to show you that if you don’t come to play week-in and week-out what can happen. We had a great season, finished the year 14-2, by far the best team in the NFL during the regular season but once the postseason starts it is a different season. The Jets came out. They had a great game plan. They executed their game plan. Now going into the game we had a great one as well but we didn’t execute our game plan and that is the difference. You can’t just rely on what happened during the regular season even though we didn’t do that, we didn’t execute our plays.’
Anything but winning the Super Bowl is a failure in New England:
‘That is the mindset. It was here when I came here in ‘02 and when I left they had the same mindset, when I returned it was the same exact thing. The goals around here are a whole lot bigger than just winning the division, winning the conference, just getting to the playoffs, it is bigger than that and I think that we didn’t do a good job executing the things we set out to do, and the goals we set as a team. Like I said, it was a great season. I think we don’t have to hang our heads down low. Guys went out and played good this season but we didn’t finish off what we set out to do this year.’
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