Belichick on Brady concussion story: 'We file injury reports every week'

Belichick on Brady concussion story: 'We file injury reports every week'

FOXBORO -- Before Tuesday's practice at Gillette Stadium, Bill Belichick was asked for his team's reaction to Gisele Bundchen's appearance on CBS This Morning last month when she told Charlie Rose that her husband Tom Brady "had a concussion last year."

"We file injury reports every week," Belichick said. "So I’m not sure when the next one’s due, probably sometime in September, but we’ll have one for you then."

He added: "We file our reports in compliance with league guidelines."


During her appearance on CBS, Bundchen expressed some concern for her husband's well-being as he enters his 18th NFL season and approaches his 40th birthday. 

“He does have concussions. I mean he has concussions pretty much every . . . You know, we don’t talk about it but he does have concussions," she said. 

"I don’t think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through. Through that kind of aggression, like, all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right?”

Brady's agent Don Yee released a statement soon thereafter saying, "Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year. Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it's obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health."

The NFL got involved as well, stating that "there are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms."

Belichick was asked if he's seen any change in recent years in players' willingness to report head injuries.

"You know, our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players," he said. "Players don’t come to me and I don’t treat them for injuries. That’s not really my job. That’s what we have medical staff for."

Belichick's foundation announced in 2015 that it had partnered with SafetyTag -- which allows parents and coaches involved in youth sports leagues to upload and access medical records, waivers and emergency contacts -- to "take the lead on improved player safety."

When asked to what degree player safety matters to him personally, particularly as it pertains to head injuries, Belichick referenced his foundation's work in that regard.

"I think I’ve talked about that quite a bit," he said. "Our foundation supports that cause. Personally, I’ve spent a lot of time on it."

Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

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Reports: Patriots among NFL teams taking a look at Manziel

Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.

That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams. 

Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.


Report: Patriots keep OT LaAdrian Waddle with one-year deal

Report: Patriots keep OT LaAdrian Waddle with one-year deal

The Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal to retain offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. 

Waddle could potentially take over at left tackle for Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants.

Waddle, who, along with another ex-Pats offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, made a free-agent visit last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, turns 27 in July and was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season, starting four. 

More to come...