Source: Tom Brady’s foot healing properly, should be ready for season
|05.03.11 at 6:16 am ET|
According to a source familiar with the situation, the surgically-repaired right foot of quarterback Tom Brady is expected to be fully healed for the coming NFL season.
Brady underwent surgery on his right foot on Jan. 20 to relieve a stress fracture, and a source close to the situation says that a recent exam showed that the non-displaced fracture of his navicular bone is bridging, an indication that the necessary healing is occurring to permit a complete and healthy return to the field.
The first inclination Brady had a foot problem this past season came when his name first popped up on the injury report with a right foot injury on Nov. 10, the Wednesday before the Patriots faced the Steelers in Pittsburgh. From that point on, he missed several Wednesday practices over the course of the season, but he did not miss a single game over the course of the 16-game season.
Despite the foot problem, Brady had one of the finest seasons of his career, finishing with 3,900 passing yards, 36 touchdowns and only four interceptions, and won his second NFL MVP award. In February, Brady acknowledged he underwent surgery, telling the NFL Network that it was ‘something that’s been lingering a little bit.’
‘Over the course of the season, a lot of players throughout the league, a lot of players on our team deal with these type of injuries,’ he said at the time. ‘Part of having a little bit of mental toughness is putting those things aside and still going out and trying to perform your best each week.
‘I have a great training staff and my friend Alex [Guerrero] that works with me weekly. I’m in great hands and they were able to get me out on the field feeling good and I was able to go out there and help our team win the AFC East, which we’re all very proud of.’
As for Brady’s long-term health, Brady has been spotted several times over the last couple of months without the walking boot he had in the days immediately following surgery, and noted sports injury expert Will Carroll believes it will not be a problem going forward, comparing to the recent injury suffered by Alabama wide receiver Julio Jones.
‘Absent a re-break, I don’t see any issues,’ said Carroll when he was informed of the recent news. ‘If you want to compare it to what Julio Jones has, it’s very similar and no one had any questions about him.’
It was the fifth surgery for the 33-year-old Brady, who acknowledged at the start of the 2010 season that he had previously gone under the knife for work on his shoulder, groin and knee, as well as one other one he did not disclose. He also finished up last season with a variety of injuries, including a rib injury and a broken right ring finger.