Ever since Gisele Bundchen said her husband, Patriots living legend Tom Brady, suffered through a concussion last season, talk of head injuries in the NFL has been rife.
Head coach Bill Belichick spoke with the media ahead of the team’s first mandatory practice in their minicamp on Tuesday. When asked about how the team manages concussions he said simply that, “We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines.”
The real issue raised by the Gisele/Brady concussion controversy is that, if true, Brady may have avoided the NFL’s concussion protocol because he was never diagnosed with a concussion. A lack of willingness to self-diagnose, or admit to being injured at all, has been suggested as a major problem that is systemic throughout the league.
When asked what he knew about the issue of self-reporting among players Belichick admitted he was the wrong person to ask.
“You know, our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players. Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job. That’s what we have medical staff for.”
That’s probably all the action you’ll see from the coach and the Patriots regarding their hall-of-fame bound quarterback.
Brady has denied he suffered a concussion through his agent, leaving the team with no reason to put him through the concussion protocal.
And nobody really wants to dive into the he-said, she-said issues between Tom and Giselle.
Source: Josh Alper - NBC Sports · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS