Officially, Tom Brady has a "sore shoulder," the result of being crushed to the turf by massive Albert Haynesworth. It caused enough discomfort for him to spend quite a while on the bench flexing and rotating his throwing arm, trying to work out whatever kinks were there.
It could be nothing. It could be something. Actually, anything that involves Tom Brady is always something, especially in a season in which he's trying to come back from a major knee injury.
Brady hurt his shoulder in the New England Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins on Friday night at Landover, Md. It was late in the first half when he was pressed to the ground by All-Pro defensive tackle Haynesworth after a third-down incomplete pass.
"Any time someone 350 pounds falls on him, it's going to hurt him," New England right tackle Matt Light said. "You just know it's part of the game, and Tom's been through it before and you know he can take it."
Brady went to the bench, where he stretched his arm repeatedly as the half came to a close and again after returning from the locker room after halftime.
Brady did not play in the second half, even though most of the first-team offense returned for the first drive of the third quarter. He then left the sideline and returned to the locker room.
In the fourth quarter, the Patriots announced Brady's injury as a sore shoulder. Brady did not speak to reporters after the game.
In the game that traditionally serves as the dress rehearsal for the real stuff that begins in two weeks, Brady was 12 for 19 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Randy Moss had his way with the Redskins' secondary, catching six passes for 90 yards and both of Brady's touchdowns.
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