New England Patriots superstar quarterback Tom Brady suffered a high-ankle sprain after taking a hit from Ndamukong Suh and suffered bruised ribs against the Miami Dolphins in Week 17. However, he didn't miss a snap before head coach Bill Belichick removed his starters and has been cleared for the playoffs.
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Brady Active vs. Chiefs
Saturday, Jan. 16
Latest on Brady's Practice Status
Friday, Jan. 15
The Patriots announced Brady was a full participant in Friday's session.
Brady Comments on Injury
Wednesday, Jan. 6
Brady said his right ankle is feeling better and he's glad the team has a week off before its first playoff game, adding, "This is the first time we've had off in quite a while," per Jimmy Golen of the Associated Press.
“I’m doing all right, I’m doing all right,” he said during a radio appearance on WEEI on Jan. 4, per Mike Cole of NESN.com. “We’ll see how it goes this week. I’m sure there will be some treatment as always. A lot of guys are banged up, so it’s just part of football season.”
Brady Vital to Patriots' Super Bowl Push
Obviously whenever Brady is dealing with some sort of ailment, it's a major concern for the Patriots. He's still one of the league's most important players at age 38, and the offense wouldn't operate with anywhere near the same efficiency without him.
The legendary quarterback has remained mostly durable throughout his career. A season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of the 2008 season represents the only games he's missed since the start of the 2002 campaign. More recently, he dealt with an illness leading up to Week 15.
He's also taken a lot of hits throughout the year as New England worked to find stability along the offensive line. Doug Kyed of NESN previously passed along comments from Belichick about the signal-caller's willingness to battle.
"He's one of the toughest players in the league," Belichick said.
Though Brady has been cleared to play, his health will be worth keeping an eye on during the playoffs.