Ex-Pat Tarpinian kept brain surgery quiet

Ex-Pat Tarpinian kept brain surgery quiet
December 25, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Jeff Tarpinian as a Patriots linebacker in 2011.

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Former Patriots linebacker Jeff Tarpinian, now with the Houston Texans, had told only his family, close friends, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick, team owner Robert Kraft and select Pats personnel about his brain surgery and his subsequent recovery, before sharing his story with the Houston Chronicle this week.

When Tarpinian was placed on injured reserve in November 2011, ending his rookie season, he was officially listed by the Patriots as having a head injury.

Tarpinian was eventually diagonsed with a cavernous malformation and needed brain surgery. "I kept it quiet," the 26-year-old Tarpinian said. "I didn't really say anything because obviously future employers in the NFL, they hear brain surgery and it'll freak them out."

Long since recovered, Tarpinian has found a home with the struggling Texans.