Concern over Tom Brady's health was the top concern Saturday after people saw the hit he took in Friday night's win over the Washington Redskins. Brady left the game after the second quarter and was seen trying to work the soreness out on the sideline.
Classified by the team as a "sore shoulder," some reports on the Internet speculated it could be more than that. After all, injury updates in New England are like trying to read ancient hieroglyphics at times. You need an expert schooled in the art of reading between the lines on Bill Belichick's scowl when he responds to questions about the health of his players.
Belichick was asked about Brady's health Saturday in a conference call.
"I'm not really comfortable getting into a public diagnosis of anything," Belichick said. "Look, we played a physical game against a very physical team. I'm sure at the end of the game a lot of the guys were sore and had bumps and bruises. Everybody that played in the game would fall under that category. That's pretty normal after a game like that."
The coach's answer didn't explain why Brady didn't go into back into the game after he was seen on the sidelines in the third quarter. So he was asked again if the decision to keep Brady out was a result of the hit he took.
"I'm saying that we made the decision to play other quarterbacks in the Washington game because we wanted to see them play and that will be the same situation going forward into the Giants game. Tom had a desire to play, but we made a football decision to play other players because I think we need to see them at that position and make an evaluation there, so that's what I'm saying."
For now, Brady's health remains in question, but a report in the LA Times on Sunday, indicates that the shoulder issue might not be that serious.
"The good signs were that he was moving it right afterward," Bradys' surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache told the Times. ElAttrache spoke to Brady that same night, but elected not to provide insight into the shoulder issue according to the report.
If the report is accurate, and all indications are that is true according to a Boston Globe report that stated there's nothing seriously wrong with Brady, then the Patriots should be set for next week's game against the Giants. Brady, who hadn't played at all in the preseason in 2008, has been determined to change the course of history thus far in the preseason.