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?

Blog Author: 
Alex Reimer

On CBS This Morning, Gisele Bundchen may have revealed something about Tom Brady that no one has ever known before — he’s had concussions, including one last year.

According to his wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady has had concussions. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

According to his wife Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady has had concussions. (Steve Mitchell/USA Today Sports)

On CBS This Morning, Gisele Bundchen may have revealed something about Tom Brady that no one has ever known before — he’s had concussions, including one last year.

It came up when the host, Charlie Rose, asked Bundchen about Brady saying he wants to play until his mid 40s, and if she is on board.

Bundchen immediately brought up concussions.

“You know, as a wife, I am a little bit — as you know it’s an aggressive sport,” she said. “Football, like he had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much — I mean we don’t talk about it, but he does have concussions. I don’t really think it is a healthy thing for your body to go through, through that kind of aggression all the time. That can’t be healthy. I am planning on him be healthy and do lots of things when we’re 100 I hope.”

Brady missed only two games last year besides his four-game suspension, but those games were in the preseason and one was said to be due to a family matter, and the other was because he reportedly suffered a cut on his finger before the game.

Bundchen also noted how much Brady’s plant-based diet has been working, and she is the one who got Brady on the kick.

“He said he’s been feeling so much better,” she said. “I have to say it is amazing the way he feels. He doesn’t feel achy. He feels so much more energy. … He loves it and wouldn’t want to feel any other way.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It appears the Patriots are not quite satisfied with their linebacker depth.

The Patriots will reported workout LB Gerald Hodges on Wednesday. (Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will reportedly workout LB Gerald Hodges on Wednesday. (Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports)

It appears the Patriots are not quite satisfied with their linebacker depth.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots will work out former Vikings and 49ers linebacker Gerald Hodges on Wednesday. He visited the Colts Tuesday and will meet with the Jaguars on Thursday.

Hodges was a fourth-round pick of the Vikings in 2013 and played his first three years in the league in Minnesota. In October of 2015, the Vikings traded Hodges to the 49ers for center Nick Easton and a sixth-round pick. After two seasons with the 49ers, the 26-year-old is now a free agent.

The Penn State product has totaled 224 tackles, three interceptions and 3.5 sacks in his career thus far in his NFL career. Hodges also has some special teams experience, which the Patriots highly value.

Currently at linebacker, the Patriots have Donta’ Hightower, Elandon Roberts, Shea McClellin, Kyle Van Noy and Jonathan Freeny.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

Defensive end Kony Ealy has only been a member of the Patriots for a few short months after being traded to New England from the Panthers on the second day of NFL free agency.

Kony Ealy is ready for anything with the Patriots. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Kony Ealy is ready for anything with the Patriots. (Jeremy Brevard/USA Today Sports)

Defensive end Kony Ealy has only been a member of the Patriots for a few short months after being traded to New England from the Panthers on the second day of NFL free agency.

Ealy was primarily an edge rusher during his time with the Panthers, but could be asked to line up inside with the Patriots.

The Missouri product doesn’t care where he’s asked to line up, he just wants to contribute.

“I just want to dominate whatever position I’m in,” Ealy told reporters Tuesday at Gillette Stadium. “I think if you take that mind approach, good things will happen for you.”

His best game with the Panthers might have been Super Bowl 50 against the Broncos when he had three sacks, an interception and a forced fumble, but he’s already put that game in the past.

“That Super Bowl game is over, man,” he said. “I really don’t like to talk about the past. My job, like I said, is to come in here buy into the system and make the most of my opportunity here. Period. And let everything lie where they may. Just don’t worry about the future right now. Just worry about the present.”

After spending his first three seasons in the NFL with the Panthers, Ealy is hoping for a fresh start in New England, where he’s also in the final year of his rookie contract.

“[It’s] totally, totally different, but it’s a good different and I’m just enjoying the process as I go forward,” Ealy said.

Added Ealy: “I’m very excited. I love it here. I love the people, the program, as far as how Coach Belichick runs it. Everybody buys in. You can see the difference between that. I love it here and I’m going to continue to work my butt off and try to get better.”

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable

It was assumed, but now it’s pretty much official.

Sebastian Vollmer

Sebastian Vollmer

It was assumed, but now it’s pretty much official.

Former Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer has no plans on playing in the NFL again. The 33-year-old appeared on Sirius XM on Tuesday where he said he has no plans to play in the NFL again, and even has lost 75 pounds.

The Patriots selected him in the second round of the 2009 draft where he had a very solid career primarily playing right tackle and protecting Tom Brady. He didn’t play a single game last season due to a few injuries, including a back injury.

New England released him prior to the start of free agency and with his age and abuse to his body, many assumed he would in fact retire.

So, what will Vollmer do now?

It appears he might be trying to get in the media as he is currently at the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films.

Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady gave some advice to PGA Tour golfer Phil Mickelson. (Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback to ever play the game, and apparently his knowledge expands beyond the game of football.

ESPN’s Ian O’Connor had a wide-ranging interview with Brady earlier this week and learned an interesting tidbit as it relates to Brady and PGA Tour professional Phil Mickelson.

Brady told O’Connor that he’s shared ideas with Mickelson on how to improve his swing speed. Mickelson’s caddie Bones Mackay has apparently golfed with Brady and came away impressed with his swing speed.

The quarterback is a decent golfer in his own right, as he was a six handicap at one point. He doesn’t play as much as he did before he started his family.

Mickelson, 46, has four top 25s this season, but only two top 10s. Brady is also connected with golfer Jordan Spieth, as both represent Under Armour.

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Blog Author: 
Ryan Hannable