New England Patriots Talk: Head Coach Bill Belichick Avoids Giving A Specific Answer On Tom Brady Concussion Story
Last month, Patriots QB Tom Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen did an interview were she said Brady had a concussion at some point last season, and that he has played through them in the past.
“He does have concussions,” said Bundchen. “ I mean he has concussions pretty much every — you know, we don’t talk about it but he does have concussions.”
On Tuesday with the start of team minicamp, Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick had to face questions on the topic in front of the media.
In the usual Belichick way of handling things, he said as little as possible to the media.
“As you know, we file injury reports every week,” a hooded Belichick told reporters. “Not sure when the next one’s due, probably sometime in September. But we’ll have one for you then.
“We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines.”
Brady has never been listed on an injury report with a concussion or with a head injury, and that his camp denied Bundchen’s claim almost immediately, as agent Don Yee came to his defense and told ESPN that the 39-year-old Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion a year ago.
“Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health,” Yee said.
When Belichick was asked about players coming out and admitting to the symptoms, he deferred to his medical staff as being the entity responsible for that information and dealing with that kind of issue.
“Our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players. Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries,” said Belichick. “That’s not really my job. That’s what we have a medical staff for.”
At the time of the Bundhen report, the NFL made a statement on the matter and says that they have reviewed the report and would work with the NFLPA to gather more information from the Patriots medical staff along with information from Brady.
The statement read: We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office.
There are no records that indicate Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all of our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.
At this time there has been no development or update from the NFL, and based on the leagues history with concussions I doubt we will ever see a true update on their investigation into the concussion story on Brady.