Friday, August 28, 2009
Belichick not forthcoming on Brady injury
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New England Patriots announced during Friday night's 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins that Tom Brady had a sore shoulder.
That's all they're saying.
Head coach Bill Belichick declined to elaborate on the injury Brady sustained just before halftime, when Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth plopped on him. Brady fell on his right shoulder awkwardly as he hit the Fed Ex Field turf and didn't return to the game.
"Bumps and bruises like everybody else that played in the game," Belichick replied when asked about Brady's status.
Belichick refused to answer whether Brady was scheduled to play in the third quarter, stating only he wanted to see Kevin O'Connell and Andrew Walter in the second half.
Asked again if his intention was for Brady to start the second half, Belichick curtly repeated his statement: "We wanted to look at Andrew and Kevin in the second half."
Brady came out for the second half and warmed up, but he returned to the locker room after a few tosses.
O'Connell replaced Brady to open the second half and played all but the final series. O'Connell was shaky, completing only three of his 10 passes for 18 yards and two interceptions.
Walter entered the game with 1:39 left to play for what essentially was a red-zone drill. Pat Chung returned a punt 33 yards to the Redskins' 23-yard line with the score tied. Walter handed off twice to BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and Stephen Gostkowski kicked a 30-yard field goal for the victory.