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NFL responds to Gisele Bundchen’s claim of Tom Brady sustaining concussions 05.17.17 at 4:47 pm ET
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The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Tom Brady, revealed the quarterback has had concussions over the course of his career, including one last season.

The only issue with this is Brady has never been listed on any injury report with a concussion in his 17-year career.

The NFL responded to Bundchen’s comments with a statement. It said the NFL has no record of Brady having any sort of concussion, but will continue to gather more information from the team and Brady.

The statement reads: We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.

There are no records that indicate Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all of our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.

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Sebastian Vollmer: Tom Brady is going to play until he’s 50 at 2:51 pm ET
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Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he's 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he’s 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer played eight seasons in the NFL, but it appears he will be calling it quits.

Perhaps he could be going into the media now that his playing days are over (he’s attending the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp this week) and he appeared as a guest on Good Morning Football on Wednesday.

Vollmer was asked about Tom Brady being on the cover of Madden and if it’s a curse?

The former right tackle said if anyone can break the curse it is Brady, and Vollmer added he believes Brady can play until he’s 50.

“I mean, if you’re the GOAT, you have to go,” Vollmer said. “You got no choice. I mean, hey, the guy has done so many incredible things. If there is a guy to break the curse it is definitely him. I love the commercial he did. He may be tempting fate a little bit there, but I mean he is probably going to play until he’s 50. There may be a 10-year reunion and I am coming out in a suit and shaking hands and he is still warming up throwing the football. That is the type of guy he is.”

Vollmer never came off the PUP list last season with a few injuries and said being at Super Bowl LI was tough, but also he was very happy for his team.

“It’s a frustrating year,” he said. “You work all year to get to the point where you want to play. As a player, obviously you always feel like you can help the team. You always feel if you’re out there maybe things go differently. When the first half of the Super Bowl doesn’t go the way you had it envisioned, you had it game planned out, it’s a humbling experience. Then, I have been there before so you feel like halftime, you have 30 minutes, maybe a little more to really readjust. If there is a team to do it, it’s the Patriots and once again they showed they can do it.

“On a personal level, I was super happy for myself, my teammates, my friends and my family. On the other hand, I am bitter because I wanted to be on the field and help my team.”

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Could Patriots face NFL discipline for not disclosing Tom Brady’s alleged concussion? at 1:15 pm ET
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Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady suffered an undisclosed concussion last season.  (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady suffered an undisclosed concussion last season. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, supermodel Gisele Bundchen said her husband, Tom Brady, has suffered concussions before in his NFL career, including one last season. If true, the Patriots could face league discipline, considering Brady wasn’t listed on the injury report with a concussion at any point in 2016.

NFL policy states teams must disclose “significant” or “noteworthy” injuries on the practice report. Clubs that don’t follow the guidelines can be subject to monetary fines or lost draft picks. Last year, the league came out with a separate concussion policy, which says clubs that don’t follow protocol can face fines of up to $150,000 for a first-time violation or be stripped of draft picks as well.

But before Ted Wells parachutes into Foxborough for another league-funded multimillion-dollar investigation, some questions have to be answered. For starters, Bundchen isn’t a doctor and presumably doesn’t examine Brady. Her word isn’t enough to determine whether the Patriots and Brady are concealing concussions.

Speaking of which, even if Brady did suffer a concussion, the Patriots may not have known about it. Brady receives treatment from his personal fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, and might not have alerted the team about his alleged head injury. While that’s concerning on its own right, especially considering the Federal Trade Commission once told Guerrero to stop producing a Brady-endorsed phony concussion-preventation drink, the Patriots can’t be held responsible for not reporting something they weren’t aware of.

It seems nearly impossible to answer those questions, which is why a potential league inquiry would probably never get anywhere. But even if it did, the NFL seldom punishes teams for not following injury protocol.

The most severe penalty in recent memory was levied in 2009, when the league fined the Jets $125,000 for not placing Brett Favre on the injury report when he had a torn biceps tendon. But over the last couple of years, clubs have been able to get away with apparent violations:

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Gisele Bundchen reveals Tom Brady has had concussions, including last year at 9:44 am ET
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According to his wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady has had concussions. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

According to his wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady has had concussions. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning, Gisele Bundchen may have revealed something about Tom Brady that no one has ever known before — he’s had concussions, including one last year.

It came up when the host, Charlie Rose, asked Bundchen about Brady saying he wants to play until his mid 40s, and if she is on board.

Bundchen immediately brought up concussions.

“You know, as a wife, I am a little bit — as you know it’s an aggressive sport,” she said. “Football, like he had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much — I mean we don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions. I don’t really think it is a healthy thing for your body to go through, through that kind of aggression all the time. That can’t be healthy. I am planning on him be healthy and do lots of things when we’re 100 I hope.”

Brady missed only two games last year besides his four-game suspension. Those games were in the preseason and one was said to be due to a family matter, and the other was because he reportedly suffered a cut on his finger before the game.

He was also never listed on the injury report with any kind of head or neck injury.

Bundchen also noted how much Brady’s plant-based diet has been working, and she is the one who got Brady on the kick.

“He said he’s been feeling so much better,” she said. “I have to say it is amazing the way he feels. He doesn’t feel achy. He feels so much more energy. … He loves it and wouldn’t want to feel any other way.”

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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How Tom Brady has helped Phil Mickelson’s golf game 05.16.17 at 2:20 pm ET
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Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, and apparently his knowledge expands beyond the game of football.

ESPN’s Ian O’Connor had a wide-ranging interview with Brady earlier this week and learned an interesting tidbit as it relates to Brady and PGA Tour professional Phil Mickelson.

Brady told O’Connor that he’s shared ideas with Mickelson on how to improve his swing speed. Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay has apparently golfed with Brady and came away impressed with his swing speed.

The quarterback is a decent golfer in his own right, as he was a six handicap at one point. He doesn’t play as much as he did before he started his family.

Mickelson, 46, has four top 25s this season, but only two top 10s. Brady is also connected with golfer Jordan Spieth, as both represent Under Armour.

For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Tom Brady opens up more on when he might retire, why he doesn’t want Super Bowl jersey thief to go to jail 05.15.17 at 10:51 am ET
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Tom Brady opened up on a number of different topics in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady opened up on a number of different topics in a wide-ranging interview with ESPN. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Don’t expect Tom Brady to go away from football any time soon.

Immediately after the Super Bowl, Brady reiterated to MMQB’s Peter King he wants to play until his mid-40s, and now is standing by it. He even added it could be past 45 if he feels like he does now.

“I always said my mid-40s, and naturally that means around 45. If I get there and I still feel like I do today, I don’t see why I wouldn’t want to continue,” Brady told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor.

The quarterback noted his wife Gisele Bundchen is on board.

“She wants me to do that, too,” Brady said. “She also wants me to take good care of myself and still have my energy. My kids have grown up faster than I thought.”

Added Brady: “My wife says lots of things sometimes. She makes decisions for our family that I’ve got to deal with. Hopefully she never says, ‘Look, this has to be it.’ … My wife and my kids, it’s a big investment of their time and energy, too.”

Whenever Brady does call it quits, he wants it to be on his own terms.

“My love for the sport will never go away,” he said. “I don’t think at 45 it will go away. At some point, everybody moves on. Some people don’t do it on their terms. I feel I want it to be on my terms. I’ve got to make appropriate choices on how to do that, how to put myself in the best position to reach my long-term goals.”

With Jimmy Garoppolo behind him on the depth chart, speculation has already begun with what the Patriots will do at the position over the next few years.

Brady knows Bill Belichick will always go with the best guy and he wants to make sure he’s that guy.

“When you’re a member of a team sport, the best guy plays,” Brady said. “So I always want to make sure I’m the best guy, and I give our team a great chance to win. But if you’re ever not [the best guy], part of being a great teammate is letting the other guy do that, as well. Competition is what has always driven me. I’ve never been one that was hand selected, to be this particular player. … In high school, college, professionally, I think the greater the competition, the more that it really allows me to dig deep and bring the best out of me.”

Here are other highlights from the interview. For more Patriots news, visit weei.com/patriots.

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Tom Brady acknowledges getting title No. 6 would have special meaning at 10:21 am ET
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Tom Brady is now chasing Michael Jordan. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is now chasing Michael Jordan. (Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

What keeps Tom Brady going these days, now that he’s approaching 40 years old and won five Super Bowls?

Getting No. 6.

The quarterback gave an expansive, long-ranging interview to ESPN’s Ian O’Connor where he acknowledged getting his sixth Super Bowl would “have great meaning” because he would tie Michael Jordan’s six titles where other superstar athletes like Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Derek Jeter all have five.

“The great part is the next one for me is No. 6,” Brady said. “And I’m not on No. 1. I’m trying to reach No. 6 and I’m on No. 5. If I got to No. 6, that would have great meaning to me. It’s not trying to keep up with my idols. It’s not Magic, Jeter, Mariano [Rivera], Kobe, Duncan, guys more my age who I always admired. I just want to win because I owe it to my teammates. I’m working this year like I have none, and hopefully it results in a magical season.”

Added Brady: “I was in awe of Michael Jordan and I still am in awe of what he was and what he meant. … He was such an effortless player. He put a lot of effort in, but there’s an art and a beauty to the way he played the game. That was a very inspiring thing.”

Despite all of his success, Brady wouldn’t acknowledge he’s passed Joe Montana as the GOAT of NFL quarterbacks.

“I don’t agree with that, and I’ll tell you why,” Brady said. “I know myself as a player. I’m really a product of what I’ve been around, who I was coached by, what I played against, in the era I played in. I really believe if a lot of people were in my shoes they could accomplish the same kinds of things. So I’ve been very fortunate. … I don’t ever want to be the weak link.”

Why would Brad refer to himself as a weak link?

“I was the backup quarterback on an 0-8 team in my freshman year of high school,” Brady said. “I got to Michigan, I was seventh [string], and I had a hard time getting to be No. 2, and when I finally got to No. 1 there was someone else [Drew Henson] they wanted to be No. 1. I got to be a sixth-round pick behind a great player, Drew Bledsoe, and then I got an opportunity, and I’m still trying to take advantage of it. Part of who I am now is very much who I was, and that was cultivated growing up.”

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