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Reports: Tom Brady Played With Stress Fracture During Season

Jan 19, 2011 – 7:27 PM
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After the New England Patriots were upset by the New York Jets on Sunday, many quizzical looks were exchanged around water coolers on Monday. Why did Tom Brady, who threw his first interception since Week 6 and posted a QB rating under 90 for the first time since Week 7, turn in such an un-Brady-like performance? Could injury be involved?

It turns out Brady was playing injured; specifically, with a stress fracture on his foot. However, according to Tom Curran of, the New England quarterback has been dealing with the stress fracture all year, including during the incredible run he had in the second half of the 2010 season. Curran went on to note a source's opinion that the stress fracture had little to no impact on the Pro Bowl quarterback's performance in the playoff loss to the Jets.

According to Monique Walker of the Boston Globe, the injury isn't expected to keep Brady out of this year's NFL Pro Bowl, held January 30 in Hawaii.

Brady finished the 2010 season with 3,900 yards, 36 TDs, 4 INTs and a 65.9 completion percentage. The four interceptions were a career low, while the yardage and completion percentage were second only to Brady's MVP season in 2007.

Update: Brady is going to have surgery, which will force him to miss the Pro Bowl.

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