Some pretty bad news out of New England today. It looks like Tom Brady has had two MORE surgeries on his repaired knee. Yes, you read that right. That means he had the original surgery, which then got infected, so there was a cleaning done on October 15th, and now he's since had two more surgeries after that to help curb the infection.
Naturally, setbacks occur sometimes in medical procedures. But here's why Patriots fans should be extremely worried.
That would push back his rehab and recovery period, which in turn, could delay his return to the field.That would push back his rehab and recovery period, which in turn, could delay his return to the field.
The other problem is that should that actually be the case, where they have to start over from scratch, they'll have to wait until the infection clears up. Basically, right now it looks like Brady's '09 season is in serious jeopardy.
The other problem here is that from a realistic standpoint, Brady is likely never to return to peak form. After all, he's currently 31. Most players who have had similar injuries say it takes more than a year to fully recover from an injury this devastating, and some never recover. We've all seen what happened to Daunte Culpepper since his knee was blown out years back. He pretty much faded out of existence.
One player who Brady could look to for inspiration is Donovan McNabb, who tore his ACL and meniscus in 2006, had a down 2007, but looks back to form in 2008. Only problem is McNabb was 29 when he suffered that injury.
Anyway, I know the situation was bleak from the beginning when Brady went down, but it only seems to be getting worse. I'd personally love to see Brady back 100% healthy next season, or even the season after that. But in reality, I'd be shocked if that ever came to pass.
Tom Brady suffers setback [Boston Herald] via [Fanhouse]