Patriots' Brady Takes Hit to Shoulder

The Washington Redskins' first-team offense scored 17 points in the first half in a 27-24 loss to the New England Patriots.
By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 29, 2009

The New England Patriots got a scare on Friday night when star quarterback Tom Brady appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury late in the first half of the Patriots' 27-24 preseason win over the Washington Redskins.

Brady, who was playing in his third game since suffering a season-ending knee injury in the 2008 regular season opener, looked to have been shaken up when he was hit by Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth on an incompletion. Haynesworth hit Brady and landed on him, driving Brady's arm into the ground.

"I mean, it wasn't like I was hitting Gisele [Bundchen, his wife] or something; he's the quarterback," Haynesworth said. "It was good, it was fine."

As he walked toward the sideline, Brady seemed to be working on his shoulder and later, he threw passes by the bench to try to loosen up. At one point, Brady was caught by television cameras rotating his arm in obvious discomfort on the bench.

After halftime, Brady initially jogged onto the field before heading back inside, and Kevin O'Connell started the half at quarterback.

During the fourth quarter, the Patriots announced that Brady had "a sore shoulder."

In his postgame news conference, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was equally -- and typically -- vague. Asked how Brady was, Belichick said, "I'm sure he's got some bumps and bruises like everybody else who played in the game."

Belichick was then asked if Brady had initially been expected to play the third quarter and whether the hit had changed the team's plans. Again, Belichick gave no indication.

"We wanted to look at Andrew [Walter] and Kevin in the second half," he said.

Asked what the doctors had said of Brady's shoulder, Belichick said simply, "He didn't play in the second half."

After losing Brady in the opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, New England went 11-5 behind a stellar performance from backup Matt Cassel, now in Kansas City, and missed the playoffs.

When he was in the game Friday night, Brady was extremely effective. Working mostly with star wide receiver Randy Moss, Brady torched the Redskins' secondary -- specifically star cornerback DeAngelo Hall -- going 12 of 19 for 150 yards and two touchdowns.

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