QB Tom Brady Played Hurt In 2009

Boston Globe - [Full Article]

Tom Martinez, who serves as Tom Brady's personal coach, recently reflected on Brady's 2009 season and stated the quarterback was playing hurt.

"He had a broken finger and three broken ribs," Martinez told Tim Graham, who works for ESPN. "He wasn't throwing well."

And Martinez also revealed that after an uneven month of play, and a slew of injuries, the Patriot captain felt his mechanics slipping and called for help.

On Christmas morning, with the rest of the club off, Brady and Martinez went to work.

"It's one of those things where I can see right away what he's doing," Martinez said. "He trusts me, so when I tweak him, it's right back to where he wants to be. Then, at that point, it probably is psychological."

Brady responded the following Sunday by riddling the Jaguars for 267 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-26 passing.

As for the finger and ribs, it's worth noting the reason that news wasn't more thoroughly clarified right after the season is because Brady himself didn't want it out there as an excuse.

Fantasy Impact: 

Despite the injuries, Brady still threw for 4,398 yards and 28 touchdowns. He's currently at number five in 4for4's rankings and is poised for another big year even though he may have to start the season without Wes Welker. He might be a slight bargain on draft day as he's likely to be taken after Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning, but could end up being just as productive.

Filed Under: 2010, Preseason

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