Tom Brady’s right shoulder issues resurface in Thursday’s injury report
The super secretive did not specify when the shoulder exactly started bothering Brady, who was mentioned as a participant in the Patriots’ team practice on Wednesday. Brady seemed to be experiencing some discomfort in his right throwing shoulder during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets. However, in a postgame interview Brady downplayed any concerns about a possible shoulder injury.
"I'm like everybody; there's just bumps and bruises that happen over the course of the football season,” Brady said. “We'll just get treatment like always, be out there, and try to go out and execute as well as I can next week. It's just part of football."
This is Brady’s first appearance on the Patriots’ injury report since he made the list in Week 16 last season due to a similar right shoulder injury, before being removed from the report the following day. The shoulder issue is something that has limited Brady in practices during the previous seasons – such as certain practices during Week 5 and 6 last year.
Despite being limited in practices during recent seasons, Brady hasn’t missed a game since the start of the 2009 season. Brady appeared in 2009 consecutive games during that period.
While seeing their starting quarterback on listed on the report with an injury involving his throwing shoulder is not desirable for the Patriots, still Brady’s injury shouldn’t be viewed as a worrisome issue. The injury is unlikely to keep Brady out of action Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
If Brady hopes to turn around what has started out as one of the worst seasons of his career, he’s got a good chance to do that in this week’s game. Brady has completed just 158 of 285 passes for 1,708 yards with only eight touchdowns and five interceptions during his first seven games this season. Moreover, struggling Patriots offenses – despite a 5-2 start and top ranking in the AFC East – need their signal caller on the field when they host the 3-3 Dolphins in a key divisional battle on Sunday. Brady has a thrown 12 touchdowns in his last five games against their divisional rivals.
The addition of Brady was the only change to the Patriots injury report for Thursday. He joined a group that headlined wide receiver Danny Amendola (concussion/groin), tight end Rob Gronkowski (back/forearm) and cornerback Aqib Talib (hip) as the other players among a group of nine Patriots limited during Thursday’s practice. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee) and running back Leon Washington were the only players missing from Thursday’s practice. They remain out with injuries sustained in the Week 5 game at Cincinnati.