Pollard delivered the blow as Brady was planting his foot for a long pass, and forced Brady’s knee into an awkward position. At that point, when the helmet hit Brady’s knee, many problems can occur. First comes the MCL, which gets stretched first when bent the wrong way.
If that tears, the ACL can also be torn as it becomes more exposed. Brady was rumored to have a torn ACL confirmed by numerous media sources but not specifically the Patriots, who never reveal much about injuries. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a tear to both ligaments, or at least a torn ACL and damage to the MCL.
Pollard, nicknamed “The Bonecrusher” for his hard hits, was regretful for the accidental collision with Brady’s knee:
“It was really an accident, I can’t change what happened. I can’t do anything but pray for him and hope he has a speedy recovery.”
According to the Boston Globe’s Kay Lazar, typical recovery from a torn ACL is 6-9 months. That’s 6-9 months before Brady will every throw an NFL football. According to orthopedic surgeons, however, quarterbacks tend to get closer to pre-injury form than other athletes. In Brady’s case, that’s an elite level.
It’s good to know that two other quarterbacks are still playing at high level in the NFL after suffering the injuries. Bengals QB Carson Palmer tore his ACL and MCL in a playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, then returned to an NFL field exactly nine months later. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb suffered a torn MCL in November 2006 and returned to action in a preseason game in August 2007.
With Tom Brady out for the season, how many wins will the Pats get?
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