NFL gathering information on possible Brady concussions

League looking into it following comments by Gisele Bundchen to CBS

David Tanklefsky
May 18, 2017 - 11:58 am

Hours after CBS aired an interview in which Tom Brady's wife Gisele Bundchen said Brady suffered a concussion last year, the NFL released a statement saying it would be gathering information to look into those claims.

"There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms," a league spokesman said on Wednesday. "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 comments by Bundchen reflect an ongoing problems the league has when it comes to concussions. The NFL has tried to improve its concussion protocol in the past few years. It has put neurological consultants on the sidelines who are not affiliated with any teams. Concussion spotters can also stop a game in action and have a player tested for a concussion.

Still, not all concussions get identified and, although some players have come forward to self-report, others may downplay a head injury to avoid missing time.

Brady has been remarkably durable in his career. Since 2002, he's started every Patriots game except for most of the 2008 season when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the season opener and last season, when he missed four games due to his Deflategate suspension.

New England never listed a concussion in any injury reports last season. Brady was listed with knee issues but didn't miss playing time. The Boston Herald says he hasn't been listed with a concussion since 2003.

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