By Tom E. Curran
On WEEI's Dennis & Callahan Show Wednesday morning, John Dennis, Gerry Callahan and Jon Meterparel did some verbal hand-wringing about whether it was appropriate to share information they were hearing about Tom Brady suffering "a foot injury either before the Jets game or during the Jets game."Consider said information shared.
Sources confirm Brady does have a condition that can be termed a fracture, but it predates the 2010 season. He will have surgery on the foot, a procedure which will likely take place Thursday.
Timing? Dubious. Relevance? Same. Brady's foot issue first popped up on the injury report November 11, days after a 34-14 loss to Cleveland. The Patriots beat the Steelers that weekend 39-26, a win that was the first in an eight-game winning streak. During that time, Brady threw 22 touchdowns and no interceptions.Throughout the stretch, the foot injury was mentioned on the injury report. Before the Patriots played the Bills in the second-to-last game of the regular season, my buddy Mary Paoletti told me in a "get this" tone that a friend of a friend knew a doctor who said Brady's foot was fractured. After that game, someone close to the action on the field said Brady seemed to be slow making his way back to the huddle at times and laboring on his foot. The point? His foot's been hurting him for a while. Fractured, broken, sprained, tender, sore; what's the difference? He's throwing 22 touchdown passes, no picks and not missing a snap; all I care about is how his foot affects his performance and availability. Clearly it was affecting neither. And when you watch Brady dance, slide, pivot and pirouette in the pocket as he did Sunday against the Jets, it's impossible to say with a straight face that his foot prevented him from being effective Sunday. The Jets did that. Brady's problem wasn't his foot. It was was about 75 inches north of that.
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