The Brady news that didn't break


The Brady news that didn't break

By Mary Paoletti

Rumor day! Rumor Day! Rumor day!

Oh, man. I love rumor days in the sports world. But there's one important thing to remember: they're sneaky.

A rumor is sometimes born when a media outlet says "Let's stir the pot. Remember those 'what ifs' we got from some sources' sources? Let's make a story about one of those. Or what about that thing that happened to that guy a while ago? Let's recycle that but sound all surprised and dramatic so people think it's news."

Thus, the rumor -- thrice removed from the supposed source -- is born.

This is what happened with Tom Brady's broken foot. Or supposedly broken foot. Whichever.

Your reaction after reading this should be to wonder 'Didn't Brady hurt his foot back in November?' You would be wondering correctly.

But if you're thinking 'Oh, no! Brady broke his foot?! OMG! I hope he's okay! No wonder the Patriots lost that playoff game! That game doesn't count! WE WANT A MULLIGAN! PUT THE PLAYOFFS ON HOLD. RE-PLAY THE GAME AFTER HE'S HEALED," then you got hosed.

Toldja they're sneaky.

Don't be taken in. Tom E. Curran tells you why Brady's problem on Sunday was the Jets and not his foot right here.

In his story, Curran mentions the fact that I heard rumblings of Brady's possible breakage back in December. Allow me to elaborate.

I went to a bar on Christmas Eve. (Don't judge me, just listen to the damn story.) Anyway. I was enjoying drinks with my best friend, Jenna, when we were interrupted by two older gentlemen.

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: My wife died of anorexia; would you like a piece of cheese?

Me Blinks several times: No, thank you.

Jenna Covers mouth: Wow. Wow. That is not appropriate bar conversation.

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: Looks down to cheese plate. Looks back at me. Looks up at TV showing football highlights Tom Brady's gotta broken foot. Eats piece of cheese.

Me: Turns to short guy Wait, what?

Tall, Greasy Man: It's true. Takes a pull of scotch and soda

Me: Whhaat are you talking about?

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: Iz true. I was atta conference today in Brewer -- you know where Brewer is? -- an' Tom Brady's doctor's brother told everybody that hezgotta broken foot.

Tall, Greasy Man: It's true. Takes a pull of scotch and soda

Me Raises eyebrow: We know his foot is injured, but it hasn't been reported as broken. I'm in that locker room every week with several other reporters. Why is this news being shared at a conference in Brewer, Maine and not by the Patriots?

Short, Bald, Bespeckled Man: I dunno, but iz true. I heard it myself. Today. Atta conference in Brewer. You know where Brewer is?

Tall, Greasy Man: It's true. Takes a pull on scotch and soda

Me: Turns back to Jenna Tom Curran's gonna have a good laugh at this. Sends text to Tom

And that's it.

I did not pick up a big red rotary phone and dial an emergency line to my editor: "ART. A SOURCE JUST TOLD ME THAT BRADY'S FOOT IS FRACTURED. WE'VE GOT TO BREAK THIS IMMEDIATELY. DEAR GOD, I NEED TO TWEET THIS. "

Why? C'mon. No need to further insult your intelligence today.

Tom Brady mum on hand injury, practice status


Tom Brady mum on hand injury, practice status

FOXBORO — Tom Brady basically told the media to talk to the hand.

More specifically, Brady replied, “I’m not talking about that” to each question about his right hand injury in Friday’s press conference.


Brady stood at the podium wearing the very red gloves that have been captured in pre-practice photos the last two days. Asked why he was wearing them indoors, Brady replied, “I’ve worn them before.” 

The five-time Super Bowl champion was also mum on whether or not he participated in practice Friday, sharing only that he was “out there,” which adds no clarification given that he was on the field before Thursday’s practice but did not participate. 

When asked if he was confident he'd play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against Jacksonville, he responded: "We'll see."

Brady is believed to have suffered the injury in Wednesday’s practice. Friday’s practice report will be released this afternoon. 

Dion Lewis: 'Nobody's really worried' about Tom Brady


Dion Lewis: 'Nobody's really worried' about Tom Brady

James White put it perfectly on Thursday. When asked if he was the one who injured Tom Brady's hand in Wednesday's practice, the running back replied, "The world may never know."

During an interview with NFL Network, another Patriots running back said you can't put Brady's injury on him.

"Not me," said DIon Lewis. "No, it wasn't me . . . I actually didn't see it happen, but from when I talked to other guys, I knew he was gonna be oaky. It's Tom, so regardless of any situation he's put in, he's going to make sure he's out there game day. Nobody's really worried."

That seems to be the general consensus inside the Patriots locker room. They're all expecting Brady to play. And when they're asked about how he's looked, their answers have ranged from evasive to joking about Brady's handsomeness

The focus, as Lewis explained, isn't so much on the health of their quarterback but rather the game plan they're putting in place to take on the top defense in the AFC. 

"We have a great idea," Lewis said, "of what we think we can do to have success against this defense . . . We just gotta be on point every play. We don't got plays to give away."

Might that mean a load of two-back or two-tight end sets to keep Jacksonville's base personnel on the field? Might that mean plenty of work in the screen game, as Jerod Mayo suggested on this week's Quick Slants the Podcast? Might that mean a heavy dose of Rob Gronkowski?

There are soft spots in the Jaguars defense, as talented as it is, but it will probably require Brady being able to grip a football for the Patriots to exploit them. His teammates seem confident he'll be able to do that.