Tom Brady has been a fan of Isaiah Thomas and the Celtics of late, as the Celtics won every game against the Bulls after his social media post prior to Game 3 in the first round.

Before the Eastern Conference finals, Brady posted a similar post to social media except he didn’t just wish the Celtics luck. He wished the Cavs and LeBron James luck as well.

Brady posted a picture of Thomas and James with the caption: May the best team win! Good luck! You earned it! @isaiahthomas @kingjames @celtics @cavs @tb12sports

Interesting. Maybe the best players in each sport just root for one another regardless of who they are going up against.

Here is the post.

May the best team win! Good luck! You earned it! @isaiahthomas @kingjames @celtics @cavs @tb12sports

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Ryan Hannable

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Tom Brady, revealed the quarterback has had concussions over the course of his ca

The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

The NFL says they have no record of Tom Brady having a concussion. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, Gisele Bundchen, the wife of Tom Brady, revealed the quarterback has had concussions over the course of his career, including one last season.

The only issue with this is Brady has never been listed on any injury report with a concussion in his 17-year career.

The NFL responded to Bundchen’s comments with a statement. It said the NFL has no record of Brady having any sort of concussion, but will continue to gather more information from the team and Brady.

The statement reads: 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.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots are always looking to find depth no matter what time of the year.

The Patriots reportedly worked out WR Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots reportedly worked out WR Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. (Scott R. Galvin/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots are always looking to find depth no matter what time of the year.

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots worked out former Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins on Wednesday. He recently got his Master’s degree from Columbia University.

Hawkins is 31 years old and has played for three teams — the Bengals and Browns — in his six years in the NFL.

His best season came in 2014 with the Browns when he had 63 catches for 824 yards and two touchdowns. Last year he hauled in 33 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns. It was also the only season he played in all 16 games.

The Patriots don’t appear to have room on the roster for him, but Hawkins could be a player to bring in for training camp and have around in case any of the top receivers were to get injured.

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Ryan Hannable
Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he's 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer believes Tom Brady can play until he’s 50. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Sebastian Vollmer played eight seasons in the NFL, but it appears he will be calling it quits.

Perhaps he could be going into the media now that his playing days are over (he’s attending the NFL’s Broadcast Boot Camp this week) and he appeared as a guest on Good Morning Football on Wednesday.

Vollmer was asked about Tom Brady being on the cover of Madden and if it’s a curse?

The former right tackle said if anyone can break the curse it is Brady, and Vollmer added he believes Brady can play until he’s 50.

“I mean, if you’re the GOAT, you have to go,” Vollmer said. “You got no choice. I mean, hey, the guy has done so many incredible things. If there is a guy to break the curse it is definitely him. I love the commercial he did. He may be tempting fate a little bit there, but I mean he is probably going to play until he’s 50. There may be a 10-year reunion and I am coming out in a suit and shaking hands and he is still warming up throwing the football. That is the type of guy he is.”

Vollmer never came off the PUP list last season with a few injuries and said being at Super Bowl LI was tough, but also he was very happy for his team.

“It’s a frustrating year,” he said. “You work all year to get to the point where you want to play. As a player, obviously you always feel like you can help the team. You always feel if you’re out there maybe things go differently. When the first half of the Super Bowl doesn’t go the way you had it envisioned, you had it game planned out, it’s a humbling experience. Then, I have been there before so you feel like halftime, you have 30 minutes, maybe a little more to really readjust. If there is a team to do it, it’s the Patriots and once again they showed they can do it.

“On a personal level, I was super happy for myself, my teammates, my friends and my family. On the other hand, I am bitter because I wanted to be on the field and help my team.”

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Ryan Hannable

Sebastian Vollmer played eight seasons in the NFL, but it appears he will be calling it quits.

On Wednesday morning, running back LeGarrette Blount signed a 1-year-deal with the Eagles.

LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

LeGarrette Blount signed with the Eagles on Wednesday. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

On Wednesday morning, running back LeGarrette Blount signed a 1-year-deal with the Eagles.

The Patriots reportedly were interested in Blount, but after signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee this offseason, there didn’t appear to be a need. The Cardinals and Giants reportedly showed interest as well.

Typically when teams lose players in free agency they count towards the compensatory pick formula, but the deadline for players to count towards it passed last week.

One would assume Blount signing with the Eagles on Wednesday wouldn’t count towards the formula, but thanks to the Patriots putting a seldom used tender on him last Tuesday, it appears he will count towards the formula.

This could net the Patriots an additional compensatory pick next year. They were projected to already receive two.

Teams likely were hesitant to sign Blount because he would count towards their comp pick formula, but the Eagles weren’t likely any getting comp picks anyway, so it didn’t matter to them.

Blount had a NFL-high 18 rushing touchdowns last season to cap a very productive career in New England.

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Ryan Hannable
Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady suffered an undisclosed concussion last season.  (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Gisele Bundchen says Tom Brady suffered an undisclosed concussion last season. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

On CBS This Morning Wednesday, supermodel Gisele Bundchen said her husband, Tom Brady, has suffered concussions before in his NFL career, including one last season. If true, the Patriots could face league discipline, considering Brady wasn’t listed on the injury report with a concussion at any point in 2016.

NFL policy states teams must disclose “significant” or “noteworthy” injuries on the practice report. Clubs that don’t follow the guidelines can be subject to monetary fines or lost draft picks. Last year, the league came out with a separate concussion policy, which says clubs that don’t follow protocol can face fines of up to $150,000 for a first-time violation or be stripped of draft picks as well.

But before Ted Wells parachutes into Foxborough for another league-funded multimillion-dollar investigation, some questions have to be answered. For starters, Bundchen isn’t a doctor and presumably doesn’t examine Brady. Her word isn’t enough to determine whether the Patriots and Brady are concealing concussions.

Speaking of which, even if Brady did suffer a concussion, the Patriots may not have known about it. Brady receives treatment from his personal fitness guru, Alex Guerrero, and might not have alerted the team about his alleged head injury. While that’s concerning on its own right, especially considering the Federal Trade Commission once told Guerrero to stop producing a Brady-endorsed phony concussion-preventation drink, the Patriots can’t be held responsible for not reporting something they weren’t aware of.

It seems nearly impossible to answer those questions, which is why a potential league inquiry would probably never get anywhere. But even if it did, the NFL seldom punishes teams for not following injury protocol.

The most severe penalty in recent memory was levied in 2009, when the league fined the Jets $125,000 for not placing Brett Favre on the injury report when he had a torn biceps tendon. But over the last couple of years, clubs have been able to get away with apparent violations:

Andrew Luck’s broken ribs (2015)

In November 2015, it was reported that Colts quarterback Andrew Luck was playing with a broken rib for five weeks. Though the Colts placed him on the injury list with a shoulder injury in Weeks 4-6 that year, they never mentioned the broken ribs. Luck wound up missing the last seven games of the season with a lacerated kidney and partial abdominal tear.

That offseason, Colts COO Pete Ward confirmed the rib injury news, but said it wasn’t significant enough to warrant a mention on the report. The NFL agreed, and didn’t discipline Indianapolis.

Richard Sherman’s torn MCL (2016)

When asked in a January radio interview to explain Richard Sherman’s erratic season, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll broke some news. He said the star cornerback had been playing with a torn MCL in the second half, which hindered his performance. That admittance potentially spelled trouble for Seattle, because Sherman was never listed on the injury report with a knee injury in 2016.

After a brief investigation, the NFL issued a warning to the Seahawks. Seattle said it didn’t deem the MCL tear to be “significant,” because it never caused Sherman to miss a game or practice.

Le’Veon Bell’s groin injury (2017)

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell missed the second half of the AFC championship game with a groin injury. After the contest, Pittsburgh head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the team knew about it, but said the injury wasn’t “significant.” The NFL launched an investigation into the matter, which is still ongoing.

Matt Moore’s concussion (2017)

The NFL ruled the Dolphins violated its concussion protocol when they cleared him to return after taking a big hit in the wild card round without documenting all of his symptoms. The veteran quarterback was bleeding from the mouth, which requires further evaluation.

Despite the violation, Miami wasn’t disciplined.

What does this mean for the Patriots?

Even if the NFL is able to determine the veracity of Bundchen’s comments, which seems unlikely, recent history shows they’ve allowed teams to sidestep the injury and concussion protocols. The league would never discipline the Patriots without any precedent, right?

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Alex Reimer