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Brady reaches out to Rodgers after hearing of injury

Brady reaches out to Rodgers after hearing of injury

Tom Brady hadn't heard the news by the time he stepped to the MetLife podium late Sunday afternoon. When he was told that Aaron Rodgers suffered a broken clavicle, Brady was dismayed. "That sucks," he said.

Brady has explained many times that he holds Rodgers in high regard and that the two have a friendship that extends off the field. Recently, Rodgers told reporters that he's been getting nutrition tips from his "buddy" Brady. Soon after Brady heard about Rodgers' injury, he reached out.

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"I did. I sent him a message, an e-mail. It’s bad news. It sucks,” Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "You’re seeing a lot of guys that happen to –– JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus. So many players. Guys on our own team. Julian [Edelman], obviously, is going through it. I don’t know what obviously the prognosis for [Rodgers], but it looked pretty major. It’s tough. You never know which play."

Rodgers was driven into the turf by a Vikings defender on Sunday, landing hard on his right shoulder. It was a nearly identical play to the one that knocked Jimmy Garoppolo from action early last season. Jameis Winston took a similar hit on Sunday that knocked him from Tampa Bay's matchup with Arizona. 

Those kinds of shots are at the top of the list of the types Brady is trying to avoid.

"If I can contort my body in a certain way, I try to," he told WEEI. "I did in my second year have surgery after the season on one of my shoulder joints just from landing on it. It was a cold field, last game of the year. I wound up having surgery on it . . . That’s one spot where you can’t avoid to have any injury. But sometimes it comes up, it’s tough to avoid, and that’s the luck of football. Sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you’re not. For a quarterback at least, landing on your right shoulder, there’s probably no worse place to land."

Brady said there was a point in time when he might've taken for granted the fact that he'd show up every Sunday (or Monday, or Thursday) and run out onto the field for another start. Hearing about injuries like the one Rodgers endured -- and going through a season-ending injury himself -- has changed that.

“I missed 2008," Brady said, "and that was a real eye-opener because I went many seasons without being out of a game, and I thought, ‘Oh, no. This is the way it goes.' Then you finally miss a year, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God.’ It’s torture to sit there and watch. I’m as proactive as I can be in keeping . . . all of my muscles healthy and working efficiently, trying to help absorb all those forces as best I can. Finishing the sixth game, I feel pretty darn good.”

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

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Patriots-Dolphins injury report: Cutler out for Dolphins

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Dolphins game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
C David Andrews (illness)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle)
WR Chris Hogan (shoulder)

DOUBTFUL
TE Martellus Bennett (shoulder/hamstring)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (knee)
DT Malcom Brown (ankle)
S Patrick Chung (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

OFF INJURY LIST
QB Tom Brady (Achilles)
TE Rob Gronkowski (illness)

MIAMI DOLPHINS

OUT
G Jermon Bushrod (foot)
DE William Hayes (back)
QB Jay Cutler (concussion)

QUESTIONABLE
T Laremy Tunsill (illness)
LB Stephone Anthony (quadriceps)
S Maurice Smith (illness)

OFF INJURY LIST
RB Senorise Perry (knee)
S Michael Thomas (knee)
DT Ndamukong Suh (not injury related)

Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

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Tom Brady: Achilles injury 'nothing to worry about'

FOXBORO — Within 30 seconds of his Friday press conference beginning, Tom Brady was talking about biscuits. That should tell you how small a deal he considers the Achilles tendon issue that kept him out of Wednesday’s practice. 

Brady practiced for the second consecutive day Friday, after which he confirmed that he will be good to go Sunday against the Dolphins. 

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“I feel great. Ready to go, so I’ll be excited for Sunday and it feels good to get a little extra treatment,” Brady said. “I’m feeling great this time of year. It will be a fun week. Nothing to worry about.”

After that, Brady spoke about the aforementioned Thanksgiving biscuits of which he posted pictures on Instagram. He said they were good. Rob Gronkowski said he wanted some and that there would be “problems” if Brady didn’t bring any in for him. Everyone got a real kick out of it. 

It’s hard to imagine Brady’s status for Sunday actually being up in the air. He has gone 134 consecutive regular-season games without missing time due to injury. His only absence in that span came in the form of last season’s four-game suspension for Deflategate.