Originally Posted by bostonia3333
I have a gut feeling Brady won't be back next year
. This injury just has too many question marks associated with it. I'm constantly checking the rotoworld updates every week or 2 on Brady and keep seeing sad reports on his conditioning. I know you can't put much stock into blogsites, but what else can we go by? You've got Matt Cassel who's proven himself already and I think still has some ceiling left to his game, the Pats will still be a formidable team in 09
But it would be a devastating blow to the NFL to not have Brady in uniform. He's meant everything to the Pats success and really is the greatest athlete in Boston sports history.
My gawd, You have not seen any good news on Rotoworld????
Goodness - Brady is done. All the question marks!!! All the sad reports!!! Written by all the credible sources.
That e-mail defines: The Sky is Falling.
Here ya go - There is ONE guy in the world that we should all listen too - and that's Tom, He said
"I would like to thank everyone for the well wishes and support
you have given me throughout my career. It has been
particularly helpful during these past six weeks. It is great to
know you are all behind me, not only during the good times, but
also during the challenging times. On October 6, I had surgery to
repair my knee from the injury that took place four weeks earlier
in our season opener.
The surgery went well and my doctor described my knee as
"rock solid." Unfortunately, in the week following the surgery, I
developed an infection. The infection is very treatable and,
through a course of antibiotics, it will be knocked out of my
system. We were proactive with the infection and the doctors
went in for a second procedure this past Wednesday to clean and
to test the wound. The results of the tests have all been positive
and we are very thankful. I am excited to begin rehabbing my
knee and will continue preparing for 2009. I'm looking forward to
supporting my teammates throughout the rest of this season, as
we strive to achieve the goals we set as a team months ago.
Thanks again for your letters and well wishes. The support has
meant so much to me during these past few weeks.
I encourage all of my young fans to keep your bodies and minds
as fit as possible and to deal with whatever challenges you may
face. We never know what life is going to throw us. The best
offense is to be prepared whether for the next school test, the
next game, or for an unexpected challenge.
Thanks again -TB"
And if that ain't enough to - Listen to the OTHER guy that you might want to give a little respect, Dr. James Andrews:
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has had three surgeries on his injured left knee, the last two in recent weeks to battle a rare infection stemming from the repair of two torn ligaments.
According to a renowned orthopedist who was consulted by Brady’s surgeon, Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the quarterback appears to be responding to antibiotics and doctors are confident his recovery timetable for his ligament graft has not been compromised.
“What I gather from talking to Neal today is that Tom’s getting better, and what has been done is getting him well,” said Dr. James Andrews, widely regarded as the country’s pre-eminent sports orthopedist.
“Optimistically, once you get this under control and you can save that graft and win the infection battle – which apparently from what I gather he is winning – once the healing process catches back up, it really doesn’t set him behind to any degree relative to the overall healing process. The main thing is to save the graft.”
The surgeries were performed in L.A. by ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic. When the infection appeared, ElAttrache consulted with Andrews, whose patients have included Peyton Manning and Michael Jordan. Andrews has a clinic in Birmingham, Ala.
“Neal called me in confidence to run this problem by me to see what I thought,” Andrews said by phone. “We went over that, one, he should be aggressive about going back in, don’t wait on it, don’t let [the infection] continue to declare itself. Get it washed out and scope it. And I said he’d probably have to re-scope it several more times to make sure he got it under control.”
ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported the Patriots were upset because they wanted Brady’s surgery done by doctors of their choosing. The club denied the report.
Likewise, Andrews said Brady made the right decision in selecting ElAttrache. “[Neal is] very knowledgeable and as good a decision maker in taking care of athletic injuries – including complications – as anyone in the world.”