ESPN injury analyst Stephania Bell told ESPN.com AFC East blogger Tim Graham that she thought Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who underwent foot surgery on Thursday to repair a stress fracture, played much of the 2010 season in pain.
"The concern with a stress fracture in that navicular bone is a lot of stress with weight transfer," said Bell, a physical therapist who specializes in athletes and performance artists. "That's Brady's plant foot, so it really does make his season that much more impressive. Every time he has to plant and throw, you're transferring weight through that foot, transferring weight through a fracture.
"There's no doubt he was playing through pain. Yet he still was remarkably effective."
It should be noted that Bell has not examined Brady's foot but was rather speaking in general terms about that type of injury.