According to MyFoxBoston.com, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was involved in a car accident early this morning.
With the regular NFL season starting tonight, fans are worried that the main component of the Patriots' offense will not play in Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
This accident hasn't been the only drama that has plagued Brady's offseason. From contract negotiations to durability problems, Tom Brady has had a rough year.
Let's take a look at some of the problems Tom Brady has had this year and determine whether or not the quarterback will be playing the Bengals on Sunday.
Even though this contract business seems to have been settled, negotiations over how much it would take to keep Tom Brady in a Patriots uniform went on for months.
Brady has said publicly that he wished to stay in New England, that he loved it here, and that he would love to retire there. Even so, contract negotiations took far too long for any Patriots' fan's liking.
Although not finalized, Brady will be signing a three year deal with the Pats, so the people of New England can breath a sigh of relief.
Randy Moss is another Patriot that has had some issues with his contract. At this season's end, Moss will be a free agent, and the Patriots are unlikely to re-sign him.
Moss has made public statements discussing how left out he feels but that he understands the nature of the business.
Still, given that Brady is Moss' main roadblock keeping him from more seasons (and money) with the Pats, we have to wonder if this will affect their on-field relationship.
Brady's 2008 season came to a screeching halt when he injured his knee in the first quarter of the Patriots' season opener.
His durability has been questioned (four surgeries in eight years), and in such a physical sport, Brady will need to be careful. His injuries have made him more cautious with this year's contract negotiations. He doesn't want to be left out in the cold if he ends up getting injured again, and we don't blame him.
When asked about HBO's series Hard Knocks, which documents the New York Jets' training camp, Tom Brady expressed that he had no interest in watching the show.
"Honestly, I haven’t turned it on. I hate the Jets, so I refuse to support that show," Brady said. "I’m sure it’s great TV. I’m glad people are liking it. But that’s just something that I have no interest in watching. I’d love to say a lot of mean things, but I’d rather not do that, either."
Some people were offended by this statement, but it mostly just makes for better football.
If you want rainbows and unicorns, go watch womens' tennis.
Brady's Patriots aren't looking like they used to, and we have to imagine that it's taken its toll on the quarterback.
Up until 2008, the Patriots were always in Super Bowl discussions, but they have now taken a backseat to the New York Jets.
And Brady will be with this team at least the next three years.
Tom Brady has two young sons (one with now wife Gisele Bundchen and one with Bridget Moynahan), and they would have been cheering their dad on from the stands.
But this morning, Brady was on his way to practice when something went terribly wrong...
Around 6:30 this morning, Brady was involved in a two car accident, and I'll paint the picture of the incident for you.
This is how it played out in my mind:
Emergency crews arrive at the scene of the crash, and they realize that the "Jaws of Life" are needed to free the passenger in the back of the red van that collided with Brady's black Audi.
This passenger is transported to a nearby hospital, and then something truly amazing happens.
Tom Brady emerges from the wreckage, and emergency crews race to his rescue.
But no need.
Brady pushes paramedics aside, refuses a trip to the hospital and instantly rejuvenates.
And then he heads to practice.
Reports say that Brady was "shaken," but he will be fine to play on Sunday.
The Patriots will just plug him in overnight, and he'll be good to go against the Bengals.
This will be a tough game for both teams, and this accident didn't help matters.
The Patriots will still pull off a win over the Bengals, and all will be well in Bradyland.
Bengals 21, Patriots 31