Tom Brady was not diagnosed with a concussion during the 2016 NFL season, according to his agent, Don Yee, who relayed the news through the Facebook page of ESPN’s Adam Schefter Friday.
Yee’s statement contradicts the claims by Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, who said Wednesday during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” that her husband sustained a concussion last season.
“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year,’’ Yee said.
“Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health.’’
Brady was listed on the Patriots practice report several times last season with knee, thigh, and ankle woes but never for a concussion or head injury.
“I just have to say as a wife, I’m a little bit, it’s, as you know, it’s not the most, like, let’s say, unaggressive sport, right?’’ Bundchen said on CBS.
“Football, like, he had a concussion last year. I mean, he has concussions pretty much every . . . you know, we don’t talk about it but he does have concussions.
“I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through, like, through that kind of aggression, like, all the time — that cannot be healthy for you, right? I mean, I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re, like, 100, I hope.’’
Bundchen’s remarks came after host Charlie Rose asked her about Brady retiring.
Brady, who is preparing for his 18th NFL season, hasn’t missed a game because of injury since 2008, when he torn the ACL and MCL in his left knee in Week 1 of that season.
Yee’s statement is in alignment with the NFL, which responded to Bundchen’s remarks with a statement Wednesday afternoon.
“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office,” said the NFL.
“There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms.
“Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady.
“The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”
The Patriots declined to comment on Bundchen’s claims, and the quarterback hasn’t addressed the issue, either.
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