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#pounditThursday, August 5, 2021

Teams concerned about Tom Brady’s ability to stay healthy?

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Tom Brady has not missed a game due to injury since he tore his ACL back in 2008, and the 42-year-old’s entire TB12 brand centers around his being able to stay on the field and take care of his body. However, that may not be enough to convince teams Brady is going to be a model of good health going forward.

Michael Giardi of NFL Network spoke with several NFL executives and scouts about their overall opinion of Brady, and the reporter says they all expressed some concerns about “sustainability.” While Brady has not missed a game in years, some teams are worried about the nagging injuries he has played through that have clearly impacted his game.

As Giardi notes, Brady sprained his MCL two years ago and was clearly hobbled over the final six weeks of the season. In 2019, Brady dealt with a variety of ailments including an elbow injury, foot injury and possible Achilles issue. Some of Brady’s inaccurate throws this season were attributed to his age, but they may have had more to day with him battling a significant case of tennis elbow throughout the year.

Ultimately, any team that is concerned about Brady’s longevity probably wouldn’t be interested in him in the first place. Even though Brady wants to play until he is 45, you can only expect so much from an NFL player in his mid-40s. The team that signs Brady — and we know of at least one that the Patriots consider a real threat — will be trying to contend for a Super Bowl in 2020. Anything beyond that would be a bonus.


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