As usual around this time, we find out exactly how hurt Tom Brady was this past season. It wasn't till around Feb. 2003 we found out about his third-degree shoulder separation during the 2002 season. So, Feb. 2006 rolls around, and it's revealed the many ways in which Brady was falling apart physically this past season.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played half of the season with a hernia and will have surgery to correct the problem, probably within two weeks, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
The hernia problem did not keep Brady from practicing or force him to miss any time, but he did throw some passes uncharacteristically high as the season went on, indicating the injury may have affected his release.
Brady passed up playing in the Pro Bowl in Hawaii on doctors’ orders. During the season he was listed on the weekly injury report from time to time. Brady suffered what was reported by the team to be a shin injury diving into the end zone in Buffalo, Dec. 11. However, Brady wore a knee brace the next week against Tampa and for the rest of the season, indicating the injury was more likely to his knee, not shin.
He was also listed at times as having a shoulder injury, though never groin or hernia problems.
A hernia, according to Steve Bushee, head athletic trainer in the Boston College Sports Medicine department, “usually means a tear in the abdominal wall that allows tissue to poke through and may require surgery.”
A sports hernia, said Bushee, is a disruption in the inguinal canal — in the groin area — and may persist a long time. Surgery can repair it.
Despite the laundry list of ailments, Brady had one of his better seasons, throwing for a career high 4,110 yards with 26 touchdowns, 14 interceptions and a 92.3 rating. (Herald)
He may look pretty, but that man is tough.