Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Tom Brady 'not worried' about shoulder injury; will play in Week 6

Tom Brady 'not worried' about shoulder injury; will play in Week 6

He's also been sacked 16 times, more than in all 12 games he played in previous year.

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Clinton McDonald sacks New England quarterback Tom Brady during the first half at Raymond James Stadium last Thursday.

Considering both Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski were present for the stretching portion of practice on Wednesday when the media was present, it was surprising to many that both were listed as non-participants in the Wednesday practice session.

Yes, the injury is to Brady's non-throwing shoulder, but that doesn't mean it isn't going to affect the way he plays.

By video review, the second time Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers sacked Brady on October 1 could have caused a mild AC sprain on the left side. Brady insists he's not concerned about his shoulder and will be ready for Week 6's divisional showdown with the New York Jets, via NFL.com.

Brady initially said he had no knowledge of tampered footballs, but a NFL-ordered report from Ted Wells indicated that it was more than likely that Brady knew of the tampering. Brady has never been sacked on more than 6% of his dropbacks in any season, and he's only been sacked on 4.9% of his dropbacks over his 18-year National Football League career.

Keeping the 31-year-old Amendola healthy has led the team to manage his workload in the past - he's already missed a game with a concussion and knee injury this year - but the club might not have that luxury in 2017. He said he has learned to deal with the wear-and-tear over time. "We say this every year and he keeps getting better".

Brady has been the source of Jets pain over the past two decades, which obviously has brewed plenty of resentment. "If you let them run and pass, it will be a long day for the defense".

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