Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Tom Brady confirmed in early March was operated on his left knee after the Super Bowl LV win over the Kansas City Chiefs, and Buccaneers quarterback Clyde Christensen eyes raised last week when he said Brady’s knee wasn’t “100%” in the entire 2020 season.
In order Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the seven-time signal-caller champion explained Wednesday that his knee problem is facing for the first time last spring. There’s only one problem, as Florio notes: Brady’s knee has never been mentioned in an official NFL injury report during his first season with the Buccaneers, which goes against the rules of the league. if he was, in fact, bringing any sort of setback from September to the Super Bowl.
Back during the 2019 campaign when league officials no longer had to worry about COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions, and even staff members for those teams, were fined for violating the injury reporting policy. It seems unlikely that the Buccaneers will face anything other than a financial penalty for failing to disclose Brady’s injury, and all those involved will probably say the penalty was worth the crime considering the future Hall of Famer led the club. at a championship last February.
However, the NFL is supposed to keep an eye on the Buccaneers from now until their final game of the upcoming season to make them think twice about hiding any similar information.