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Brady playing through injury to left shoulder

By KAREN GUREGIAN
Boston Herald

October 10. 2017 8:23PM

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Clinton McDonald sacks New England quarterback Tom Brady during the first half at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Tom Brady, who missed Patriots practice on Tuesday, is playing through a minor left shoulder injury, according to a source.

He first dinged it during the Oct. 1 game against Carolina, one of the many hits he endured in that game. Then, during the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Bucs, he got slammed down on the same shoulder on a blindside hit by Bucs defensive tackle Clinton McDonald.

It’s considered a left shoulder irritation. Brady has played through similar injuries in the past.

After the hit in Tampa, Brady stayed down for a bit, wincing in pain. Fortunately, before the hit, he turned at the last second, so the brunt of it wasn’t absorbed by his right throwing shoulder.

Of course, he carried on during that drive, and moved the team into field goal range, completing two more passes after that play. Then he got blasted on that same left shoulder several more times before the game ended.

Asked how he was doing after the game, Brady said he was fine.

“Just football,” he said. “I’ll be there next Sunday.”

Brady has been sacked 16 times this season in five games, already one more than he was sacked all last year. He said on Sept. 27, days before he was hit against Carolina, that he tries to avoid hits to his right shoulder especially.

“I think for me more than anything I try to land more on my left shoulder than my right shoulder because you’ve only got one right shoulder and I need this for a lot of throws,” he said, “and the more hits you take on it then the harder it is to take.”

The Patriots will not release an injury report with a potential update on Brady’s status until today.


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