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Tom Brady gives health update on K&C: 'I feel pretty darn good'

Alex Reimer
October 16, 2017 - 7:43 am

It’s been a brutal year for injuries across the NFL. Though the season is just six weeks old, several marquee players have already gone down, including Aaron Rodgers and JJ Watt. Rodgers broke his collarbone Sunday after taking a hit against the Vikings and may be out for the rest of the season.

In his weekly interview Monday with Kirk & Callahan, Brady said he’s reached out to Rodgers.

“It’s bad news. It sucks,” he said. “You’re seeing a lot of guys that happen to –– JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus. So many players, guys on our own team. Julian, obviously, is going through it. I don’t know what the prognosis for him, but it looked pretty much. It’s tough. You never know which play.”

Brady missed practice last week with a left shoulder injury, but was still able to play Sunday in the Patriots’ win over the Jets. Afterwards, the Patriots QB says he’s feeling fine, but is always cognizant of the risk for injury. 

“I missed 2008, and that was a real eye-opener, because I went many seasons without being out of a game, and I thought, ‘That’s the way it goes,’ Brady explained. “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 everything feeling (good), 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.”

In addition to his work with injury prevention, Brady says he works hard to not land on his throwing shoulder, which is what happened with Rodgers on Sunday. 

“If I can contort my body in a certain way, I try to,” he explained. “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 not a worst place to land.”

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