The Tom Brady Injury: Was it Dirty?

Alex PotterCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2008

Most New England Patriots fans want to believe that the hit delivered by Kansas City's Bernard Pollard was dirty and intentional. Randy Moss certainly believed it was and spoke briefly about it in his post-game press conference.

It seems as if most people who watched this hit on television say it was legal. Let's break down the NFL rules for hitting below the knees. The rule states that if the defender has the opportunity to make a tackle while the QB still has the ball or is in the motion of a pass, it is perfectly legal for the defender to hit him.

So going by the rule and how I saw the play happen it was just a bad break for Tom Brady, who might be out for the rest of the season. The normal healing time for a torn ACL is 16 weeks, so does that mean if Tom Terrific heals in superhero time he will be ready for the playoffs? That seems unlikely.

From one hopeful New England fan to all of the others out there, it just doesn't look good.