Tom Brady And His “Little Rotator Cuff”

October 5th, 2022
Tom Brady

Minor injury.

The sight jarred Joe, witnessing Tom Brady holding his right shoulder with his left hand Sunday night.

And after warmup tossing and sitting down, Joe saw Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Kyle Trask gather around Brady like sons gathered around their father’s hospital bed in his final hours.

Fortunately, Brady was not in his final hours and his final football hours appear to be off in the horizon somewhere.

That was the word yesterday from Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. On his regular spot “NFL Now” seen weekday afternoons, Rapoport shared intel on what happened to Brady’s right shoulder when he was sacked and fumbled in the first half Sunday night.

Brady did not miss any snaps. In fact, Brady threw a short pass complete to Chris Godwin to start the Bucs’ next offensive series.

To hear Rapoport, Brady has a “little” rotator cuff injury.

“My understanding is Tom Brady is going to be OK,” Rapoport said. “He has played with similar injuries in the past, a little rotator cuff. Not believed to be something major. Not believed to be something that will limit him going forward.

“Tom Brady is going to be OK. And I would say, it is nothing that will limit any of his accuracy or strength on his throws or anything long-term.”

Rapoport speculated that Brady, as a result of his “minor” rotator cuff injury, will likely have Wednesdays off this season.

Yes, that’s Joe you just heard breathing a sigh of relief.

39 Responses to “Tom Brady And His “Little Rotator Cuff””

  1. Trey Long Says:

    Who missed the assignment on the block?
    Sneed wasn’t touched.

  2. CrackWise Says:

    Built in excuse anyone? Come on Joe, tell us all about how this EXCUSE is NOT acceptable!

    Gez, come on everyone, lets here how Brady is already piling up the excuses for SUCKING.

    AND its all Todds fault to boot.

  3. Bucsfan13 Says:

    Except Brady hasn’t “sucked.” BDS at its finest.

  4. Bucsfan13 Says:

    @TreyLong. It was a very good disguised blitz. I don’t think Brady accounted for him. I saw a clip where Lenny just whiffed on another blitz pickup. It was totally unlike him. He’s really worked to improve in that area. It was a great blindside hit. Can’t blame him for fumbling. His arm seemed fine after the injury.

    I don’t really trust Rapoport. Has anyone else reported this as being a rotator cuff injury? Ian has misrepresented things about Brady and Bucs. I’m not saying his info is bogus, but I would like to hear it confirmed by others.

  5. Kody Says:

    Letting Brady get hit like that is inexcusable. Should have had Ko back at fullback position to protect Brady’s back.

    Again, bad coaching. As usual.

  6. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    I have two rotator cuff tears, one in each of my shoulders. Both needed surgery but opted not to. Overtime both fully healed on its own. Since the tears, my shoulders are easy to inflame but I am careful not to tear them again.

  7. PassingThru Says:

    Minor rotator cuff injury?

    This season keeps getting better and better.

    I had a rotator cuff injury in college from playing baseball. It actually didn’t feel that bad that afternoon, I played through it. It wasn’t until the morning after that I knew my shoulder was lucked.

  8. CrackWise Says:

    I still cant throw a ball after tearing my rotator cuff in High School. That was a long time ago.

    Regardless, just like the team should not of allow CAT 5 hurricane to be an EXCUSE for not being prepared. This is no excuse for TOM to not preform, he should know he is going to get hit at least once a game and should have been prepared to protect himself. RIGHT!!!

    I know, it sounds stupid BUT it’s the trendy thing to say on JBF. Oh, and it is all on the Coach that Brady was not prepared to get hit.

  9. Beeej Says:

    It was a corner blitz from his right, Brady didn’t notice the guy, don’t think Lenny was even in the backfield

  10. Maniac Buc Says:

    @Kody, we should leave Ko in the backfield every play to protect Brady, and if we don’t, that’s bad coaching “as usual”???? Looks like Kody don’t know a damn thing about football.

  11. beano Says:

    This season keeps spiraling downward. Should have let Brady go and start the rebuild – like the Packers did when Favre retired and changed his mind.

  12. Letsbucinggo Says:

    One more hard hit and he will be home with Gisele making up.

  13. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Crackhead@ baseball isn’t football and high-school isn’t the NFL aresewipe. Fortunately for the Bucs most of the time Brady is aware and reacts appropriately under pressure. In this situation he was set to throw and got blindsided. I think it was Otton that blew the assignment. He didn’t have a very good game blocking, understandable when your mom passes the week prior but crackhead will call him a puss.

    It’s clear crackhead you have no idea what you are talking about, Brady played bad? Week leader in passing. 385 yds, 3 TD’s and NO ints a completion rate of 75%. That tells me he did his job. Try picking on someone else like White. GMFB keeps showing the Mahomes flip pass TD and in usual form, he overruns the play and misses the tackle. He rode KC’s backs all night for extra yards. That’s a COACHING problem, fundamentals. Breakdown force the runners path to your tackling spot and use the sideline as the extra man. Open field tackling 101.

  14. Tampa Ty Says:


    We are 2-2 in a extremely weak division. Are you guys watching the same game as I am? Appears to me that it’s not Tom playing bad its the play calling. Last week was the first game we have been forced to open up the offense. I still think they could have opened it up more but that isn’t Brady’s fault. Only reason his stats are not on par from this time last year is we have been focusing on running the ball. Calm down people we just need to make the playoffs, we have the best to ever do it under center you chicken little fans…

  15. Hodad Says:

    Brady got sacked once on a blitz he should’ve seen coming. Stafford got sacked 7 times. You people think you can go games where your QB doesn’t get sacked? Problem this past game was all on the defense. Couldn’t stop a determined Chiefs offense. They didn’t punt until the end of the game.

  16. Jeff Says:

    The cuff is severely damaged. Brady always downplays injuries. Bucs are in big trouble with no Brady. This is a 3-4 win team without him.

  17. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Hodad@ another wannabe player. This isn’t the Madden video game, if a QB is dropping his arm back to throw he is focused on the reciever at that point, kind of hard to make that pass if your looking at a blitzing corner. I understand you don’t learn that on the golf team.

  18. CrackWise Says:

    Another wanna be commentator that can’t read and comprehend. I never said I hurt my shoulder playing baseball. Regardless, that specific injury is very similar to elbow injuries that require Tommy John surgery. Only exception is that there is not a surgery currently available that fixes the Rotator cuff to the point where it is better than before. In fact, most of the time it makes the shoulder weaker. Thats why most ATHLETES just try to play through the pain.

    ASK JPP how it affects your shoulder and thus GAME.

    Wipe your ARSE with that. And note, you don’t have to be a loser you whole life.

  19. CrackWise Says:


    And I forgive you if you did not understand that I was sarcastic and railing against all of the people claiming that Todd was making excuses for not being prepared for the KC because of the Hurrican.

    I hope Brady is not seriously hurt and I don’t want to hear any excuses for him sucking IF he is hurt.

  20. CrackWise Says:

    was being sarcastic

  21. Coran Says:

    Jeff, every you say, all the time, is just wrong. It’s always nonsense, emotional garbage that you pull out of nowhere. You’re probably the worst one on here. If it was a severe injury, would he have continued to perform the way he did? Just dumb… At least other ppl who panic on this site don’t make stuff up (most of the time). Just stop.

  22. ChiBuc Says:

    Between the self indulgent rants, sarcastic editorials, low reading comprehension, and constant defensive posturing, these threads easily devolve into lame Jerry Springer episodes. 🥱

  23. CrackWise Says:


    Perfect comment. I do love me some good old Jerry Springer episodes as a means to monitor the pulse of America.

    Mix in a little Jerry Seinfeld humor and we can be as LAME of a group that is out there FOR SURE.

  24. Duane Says:

    No injury is minor when you are 45. I hold my breath every time TB12 takes a hit. Part of the excitement of live action. This line has performed well in regards to keeping Brady upright for the past few seasons. It is a really difficult ask to have expected anything more at this point. This team is currently not playing its best football and is not in sync. I am fine with that. Hoping they put it together later in the season, and I feel like that will happen. This team has the feel of the one we had a couple years back where they struggled to get it going early.

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    Is someone more injury prone because of their age?

    Lots on here keep saying so as if Brady is 45 and he’s more injury prone than say a 25 yr old.

    I don’t get that logic. If you get hurt, you get hurt no matter what age.

    Can someone tell me why I’m wrong?

  26. Anon Says:

    Just so we’re clear Brady has had minor rotator cuff injuries so Rappaport was right. The most recent one happened in 2017 prior to this. He had a rotator cuff injury for in at least 6 of the 20 years in NE, and was never on injury report.

    Also a lot of what you guys are describing is a TEAR. This was not a tear. This is not like JPP’s which was a tear which effected him completely.

    This one is completely different and minor. AG been taking care of this for Tom for a long time.

  27. Bucschamp Says:

    I don’t remember Brady showing pain during a game. Now everyone knows that shoulder is injured it’s gonna be a target. Our Oline need to protect him more

  28. Buccos Says:

    We drove to the game from Englewood, breaking the curfew in the process. We didn’t get back until 2am. They were literally taking people to jail who were out after 9pm. I just wish someone would have told the Bucs defense that there was a game Sunday night

  29. Tbbucs3 Says:

    I cringe everytime I hear the words “rotator cuff injury”

    That was the demise of Cam Newton and Drew Brees

  30. Tbbucs3 Says:

    And Big Ben

  31. orlbucfan Says:

    Methusaleh12 will have more to worry about with Gisele’s D lawyers than his rotator cuff.

  32. Iistnfrmafar Says:

    Oralbuc@ clearly has quite the inferior complex, the jealousy of Brady’s success oozes through your posts. I’ll bet you drive a monster truck because your 5’5″ tall. This will kill you, Giselle makes more money so Brady may receive alimony. MORON!!

  33. Displaced Floridian Says:

    Sneed even said he adjusted his gloves pre snap to make Brady think he was going into coverage per KC AM radio. Missed assignment sure but he got jobbed.

  34. steele Says:

    No rotator cuff injuries are minor when it’s your throwing arm and you’re 45. It will have an impact.

    Another reason why an unbalanced pass-happy offense is not a good idea.

    This season is only in wk 4, but not looking good.

  35. LakelandSteve Says:

    Regardless of who should have blocked Snead, that is a blitz Brady normally sees pre-snap. KC did a good job of disguising the blitz from that side and obviously Brady never saw it. Fortunately Snead didn’t get a bigger hit on Brady. Those kind of hits on QB’s can sometimes be season enders.

  36. garro Says:

    At the risk of sounding like one of the alarmists on here, I had a “little” rotator cuff tear.
    Dealt with it for about a year… it didnt get any better really. If ! moved my arm/shoulder in a certain way the pain was in the Damnit range and i have a high pain threshold. I know Tom does as well. Eventually had surgery to repair it.

  37. garro Says:

    No one ever in the history of the NFL has prepared to get blindsided.
    That is just not possible.

  38. garro Says:

    Sorry re read your post…I think i misunderstood your sarcasm 🙂

  39. garro Says:

    That was a well disguised corner blitz… one we have used to great success.
    Not many if any NFL quarterbacks would have been able to see that one coming. They saw the empty backfield and no tight end and took advantage of it big time.