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I’m sure many of you cringed when you saw it: 350-pound defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth crushing Tom Brady, forcing the QB to land awkwardly on his throwing shoulder. Brady got up favoring his shoulder, and was seen later in the game rotating his throwing arm on the sidelines (as if to loosen it up a bit). The Globe’sMike Reiss does a nice job breaking down the hit on his blog.
So, is Brady really injured? We’ll never know until the first injury report of the regular season. Let’s see what Bill Belichick had to say (Quotes from the Globe):
If this were a regular-season game and you needed to fill out an injury report, would Tom be listed as probable with a right shoulder injury?
“Well, that’s hard to say. We’ll fill that report out when it comes. That’s happened before.”
OK…so is Brady actually injured?
With Tom, are you saying that his shoulder is just the normal bumps and bruises from a physical game and there is nothing more than that?
“I’m saying that we made the decision to play other quarterbacks in the second half of the Washington game because we wanted to see them play. That will be the same situation going forward into the Giants game. Tom had a desire to play, but we made a football decision to play other players because I think we need to see them at that position, and make an evaluation there. That’s what I’m saying.”
We’ll never get that answer from Belichick. He claims that he didn’t remove Brady from the game because of an injury, but instead because of a “football decision.” My guess is that Brady won’t play in the final preseason game, and will be listed as probable on the first injury report of the season with a shoulder injury (the way it should be).