Tom Brady Injury: Updates on Patriots Star's Shoulder
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a surprising addition to the team's injury report on Thursday, as the veteran signal-caller was limited in practice with what's being called a right shoulder injury.
Mike Reiss of ESPN first reported the move, though there was no clarification on Brady's official Week 8 status for Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins:
Patriots QB Tom Brady added to injury report. Limited participation today. Right shoulder.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 24, 2013
Brady was listed as probable and was active for Week 8.
From ESPN's Mike Reiss:
Injury report: QB Tom Brady (right shoulder) had full participation. TE Rob Gronkowski limited w/ added injury designation for hamstring.— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) October 30, 2013
From the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe:
Tom Brady is officially listed as probable with a right shoulder injury for Sunday.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) October 25, 2013
The Patriots are famously tight-lipped with their details on injuries, so the extent of Brady's injury is unclear. He was not listed on the team's initial injury report for Week 8, however, so it's possible that he suffered an injury in Wednesday's practice.
Brady, 36, is in the midst of perhaps his worst NFL season. Dealing with a cast of new receivers and injuries to stars like tight end Rob Gronkowski and wide receiver Danny Amendola, Brady has thrown for only eight touchdown passes against five interceptions thus far. He's the fourth-worst qualifying quarterback in yards per attempt (5.99) and ranks 26th in quarterback rating (75.3)—both numbers representing career lows for him as a starter.
In fact, Brady has thrown just one touchdown over the past three weeks, as the Patriots have dropped to 5-2 heading into Sunday's game at Gillette Stadium.
While it's uncertain whether Brady's status is at all in question, backup Ryan Mallett would take over if the two-time MVP is unable to go. Mallett, drafted in the third round out of Arkansas in 2011, has thrown only four regular-season NFL passes.
Since becoming the Patriots' starting quarterback in 2001, Brady has only missed 15 games—all of which came in the 2008 season when he suffered a torn ACL. Since returning at the beginning of the 2009 season, he's made 71 consecutive starts.
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