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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President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office.
Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president.
"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.
"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."
Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition.
"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."
FOXBORO -- The Patriots have signed free-agent tight end Rob Housler to a future contract. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound target last played for the Bears but was released at the end of training camp.
Housler won't be eligible to participate with the Patriots during the postseason, but he will be available for the offseason program and training camp leading up to the 2017 campaign.
Housler taken in the third round by the Cardinals with the 69th overall selection in 2011. In 65 career games, he has 109 catches for 1,166 yards and one touchdown.
The Patriots may have been intrigued by Housler's skill set last summer when he caught one pass for 52 yards -- making two Patriots defenders miss in the process -- during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots and Bears held joint training camp practices in August that would have given Patriots coaches and scouts a closer look at everything Housler has to offer as a player.
Housler was one of the better athletes at the NFL Scouting Combine in 2011, running a 4.55-second 40-yard dash (fastest among tight ends), posting a 6.9-second three-cone drill, and recording a 37-inch vertical leap.
Bill Belichick and his staff hit big on a future-contract signing two years ago when a running back with a significant injury history was available to scoop up at the behest of then-assistant to the coaching staff Michael Lombardi. Since then, the Patriots still have never lost with Dion Lewis in uniform.