Tom Brady: Don't Worry, He Will Be OK

Andrew CahillSenior Analyst IMarch 13, 2009

 Patriot Pat says-

Anyone out there who is still worried about Tom Brady needs only to look back to 2007 for reassurance. In a 2006 playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carson Palmer, the Cincinnati Bengals franchise quarterback, went down with a "potentially career ending injury."

The injury, as reported by the Associated Press, involved numerous ligament tears, a shredded ligament, damaged cartilage, and a dislocated kneecap.  

Sound familiar?  

Actually it should, and does sound not only like, but far worse than the injury to Brady.  

Many people doubted that Palmer would ever play again, but he came back in 2007 and played as well as he could with a weak Bengals team. They were 7-9 that year, but Palmer threw for more yards, and had a better completion percentage than the year before when he lead his team to the playoffs. 

Brady will be able to start the 2009 season for the Patriots, based on he has had more time to recover than Palmer did for an injury that would not be described as bad.  

Will he be the same player that he was before he was hurt?  

We'll just have to wait to see on that.

Another reason to stay relaxed about Brady is Kevin O'Connell.  

While quarterback at San Diego State, O'Connell was a good passer, and showed great ability with his legs. If anything were to happen to Brady, I believe the now second-year player would be able to step in and perform similar to Matt Cassel did last year.  


Andrew Cahill is a true Boston sports fan. Visit his website, "Patriot Pat's Patsies."