Brady: Head in­juries hap­pen

Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back says con­cus­sions are part of the game

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Foxbor­ough, Mass.— Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back Tom Brady doesn’t worry about con­cus­sions and con­sid­ers them part of play­ing foot­ball, he says in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view to be broad­cast this week­end.

“I’m not obliv­i­ous to them,” Brady tells CBS Sun­day Morn­ing. “I mean, I un­der­stand the risks that, you know, come with the phys­i­cal na­ture of our game.”

Brady’s wife, su­per­model Gisele Bund­chen, had said in a May in­ter­view that the quar­ter­back has had un­re­ported con­cus­sions and she wor­ried about his longterm health. A joint NFL and play­ers union in­ves­ti­ga­tion found this week there was no ev­i­dence that Brady or the team failed to fol­low the league’s poli­cies or pro­ce­dures on con­cus­sions.

A five-time Su­per Bowl cham­pion and two-time league MVP, Brady (Michi­gan) had one of his best sea­sons last year at age 39. Af­ter miss­ing the first four games to serve his “De­flate­gate” sus­pen­sion, he threw for 3,554 yards and 28 touch­downs with only two in­ter­cep­tions, lead­ing the Pa­tri­ots to their fifth NFL ti­tle by ral­ly­ing them from a 25point deficit to the first over­time vic­tory in Su­per Bowl his­tory.

The net­work said co-host No­rah O’Don­nell in­ter­viewed Brady mul­ti­ple times, both at his sub­ur­ban Bos­ton home and at his TB12 Sports Ther­apy Cen­ter near the Pa­tri­ots’ sta­dium. Now 40, Brady re­peated his de­sire to con­tinue play­ing un­til his is 45 — some­thing no non-kicker has done in mod­ern NFL his­tory.

“I do want to go out on my terms,” he said. “I do want go out play­ing my best.”

The NFL has strug­gled to come to terms with the danger of con­cus­sions and the life­time health risks they pose. The league this year agreed to pay as much as $1 bil­lion to for­mer play­ers who have been di­ag­nosed with post-con­cus­sion symp­toms that could in­clude the de­gen­er­a­tive brain dis­ease chronic trau­matic en­cephalopa­thy.

The NFL has also cre­ated game-day pro­ce­dures in an at­tempt to iden­tify con­cus­sions when they hap­pen and keep con­cussed play­ers from re­turn­ing to the game.

In light of a re­cent study that found CTE in the brains of 110 of the 111 for­mer NFL play­ers that were stud­ied, O’Don­nell asked Brady what he thought the ef­fect would be on the league.

“I don’t know what the fu­ture is go­ing to look like, you know, and I’m not go­ing to pre­tend to pre­dict it,” Brady says. “And I’m go­ing to do ev­ery­thing I can to take care of my body in ad­vance of the, you know, of the hits that I’m go­ing to take on Sun­day.”

Per­son­nel dept.

The Ravens placed run­ning back Danny Wood­head on in­jured re­serve be­cause of a ham­string in­jury.

Wood­head in­jured his left leg in the first quar­ter of the sea­son opener and did not re­turn. He missed part of train­ing camp with a ham­string in­jury to the same leg.

Wood­head signed a three­year con­tract with Bal­ti­more in March af­ter play­ing for the Jets, New Eng­land and San Diego.

He played in only two games for the Charg­ers last sea­son be­fore suf­fer­ing a sea­son-end­ing knee in­jury.

The Ravens pro­moted run­ning back Jeremy Lang­ford (Michi­gan State) from the prac­tice squad to re­place Wood­head on the ac­tive ros­ter. Lang­ford had been cut by the Bears.

... Vik­ings line­backer An­thony Barr has a ham­string in­jury that has kept him out of prac­tice, jeop­ar­diz­ing his avail­abil­ity for the up­com­ing game at Pitts­burgh in a short­ened week.

Barr watched the team’s work­out , side­lined for a sec­ond straight day. The Vik­ings play the Steel­ers on Sun­day.

Barr played ev­ery de­fen­sive snap in the sea­son opener against New Or­leans on Mon­day. The fourth-year player has started 20 straight games for the Vik­ings, who would likely ei­ther turn to vet­eran Em­manuel La­mur or rookie Eric Wil­son at the strong side po­si­tion if Barr can’t play.

La­mur (ham­string) was limited in prac­tice, as were quar­ter­back Sam Brad­ford (knee), cor­ner­back Ter­ence Newman (knee) and cor­ner­back Xavier Rhodes (hip).

... Jets line­backer Lorenzo Mauldin has a her­ni­ated disk in his back that likely will need sea­son-end­ing surgery.

Coach Todd Bowles con­firmed the na­ture of the in­jury, say­ing that Mauldin’s back “took a turn for the worse.”

Doc­tors have ad­vised Mauldin to have surgery, but the line­backer will get a sec­ond opin­ion.

Gary Lan­der As­soicated Press

Tex­ans rookie quar­ter­back De­shaun Wat­son got his first NFL start Thurs­day night against the Ben­gals.

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