Brady has ‘con­cus­sions pretty much every …’


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BOSTON — Tom Brady played through a con­cus­sion last year on his way to a fifth Su­per Bowl ti­tle, ac­cord­ing to his wife, su­per­model Gisele Bundchen. The in­jury, which was not re­ported by the team, left her wor­ried about how long he should con­tinue to play foot­ball.

Asked if she wanted the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back to re­tire, Bundchen ex­pressed con­cern “as a wife” in an in­ter­view on “CBS This Morn­ing” that aired Wed­nes­day.

“He had a con­cus­sion last year. He has con­cus­sions pretty much every ...” she said, be­fore cut­ting her­self off. “I mean, we don’t talk about it. But he does have con­cus­sions. I don’t re­ally think it’s a healthy thing for any­body to go through.”

Brady sat out the first four games of the sea­son as pun­ish­ment for his role in the “De­flate­gate” scan­dal and missed prac­tice late in the sea­son for leg, thigh and an­kle in­juries. But he was not listed on the league-re­quired in­jury re­ports for a con­cus­sion or head in­jury dur­ing the 2016 cal­en­dar year or 2016 sea­son.

The NFL re­quires “sig­nif­i­cant or note­wor­thy” in­juries to be re­ported, re­gard­less of whether a player is ex­pected to miss play­ing time, and says hon­est re­port­ing of in­juries “af­fects the in­tegrity of the game.”

The league is es­pe­cially — though be­lat­edly — sen­si­tive to con­cus­sions, which have been linked to a brain dis­ease that leaves for­mer play­ers for­get­ful, vi­o­lent or sui­ci­dal. The NFL has agreed to pay $1 bil­lion to re­tired play­ers who ac­cused the league of con­ceal­ing the link be­tween foot­ball and brain dam­age.


Gisele Bundchen told “CBS This Morn­ing” that her hus­band, Tom Brady, suf­fered a con­cus­sion last year. JIMMY GOLEN

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