NFL says there are no official records of a concussion for Tom Brady

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady $12 celebrates after Danny Amendola
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Tom Brady $12 celebrates after Danny Amendola /

The NFL released a statement saying they will further investigate the claims that Tom Brady has had a concussion in the NFL.

The NFL issued an official statement saying there are “no records that indicate” Tom Brady suffered a head injury of any kind during any home or away game during the 2016 season. This comes in response to a recent interview with Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen, who said that her husband had indeed suffered a concussion last season.

The NFL’s response is clear that their own quick investigation as well as a look at injury reports give way to nothing officially reported by the Patriots:

"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 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.There are no records that indicate that 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 our players have and continue to receive the best care possible."

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Clearly this becomes a concern for all involved, given that every injury, concussions included, need to be reported on a team’s injury report. Even if it’s not considered serious enough to keep Brady out of a game, he still needs to be listed as questionable with a head injury of some kind, so expect this to lead some potential fine or admonition from the NFL to the Patriots to comply with league policy.

Even more, it shows that Brady is, in fact, quite human. Despite the heroics to hoist another Lombardi trophy just a few months ago, Brady cannot stave off age forever. He will turn 40-years-old before this next regular season, and he must face internal questions of how much more he really wants to put his body through, especially if there are unannounced head traumas like the one his wife disclosed.

This all warrants serious attention because the road to the Super Bowl for AFC hopefuls continues to go through New England. If Tom Brady is human, there’s reason for hope. And there’s reason to also demand that Bill Belichick begin to comply with the rules around injuries and reporting them.