Tom Brady played the entire 2020 season with a ripped MCL, potentially creating a major problem for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a report.
Since winning his seventh Super Bowl ring, Brady has been open about a “pretty serious” knee injury that required post-season surgery. A report this week in the Tampa Bay Times revealed that the veteran quarterback has played every game with an MCL tear to his left knee, an injury sustained in his last season with the New England Patriots.
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While playing injured seems like an impressive achievement, the Buccaneers could have issues with the league for not disclosing the injury.
As pointed out CBS Sports, the NFL manual requires all teams to disclose any injuries – especially those of “key players”.
“It is the policy of the NFL that information to be released to the public on all injured players is satisfactorily reported by the clubs to the league office, the opposing team, local and national media and partners of broadcast every regular season and playoff game week (including for both Super Bowl teams between championship games and the Super Bowl) ”, the manuel lit.
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“The information must be credible, accurate, timely and specific within the guidelines of the policy, which is of paramount importance to maintain the integrity of the game.”
The policy continues: “All players who have injuries to report must be listed on the training report, even if the player does all the reps in training, and even if the team is certain he will play in. the match to come. This is especially true. key players and players whose injuries have received local or national media coverage. “
If the Bucs were aware of Brady’s injury, the consequences of not reporting it are serious enough.
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Sanctions could include fines and suspensions of those involved, as well as forfeiture of draft picks, according to the NFL.
The worst-case scenario for the Bucs would be a suspension for Brady. Who can forget Deflategate 2015 when Brady was accused of deflating the soccer balls used in the AFC Patriots’ Championship win over the Colts d’Indianapolis this resulted in a $ 1 million fine, the forfeiture of two draft picks and a four-game suspension for the appellant.
League spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on the latest allegations in a statement to ProFootballTalk.