New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday that his teamis following league protocols in filing its injury reports, in his first comments addressing Gisele Bundchen's claim that her husband, quarterback Tom Brady, suffered an unreported concussion during the 2016 season.
Brady was never listed on Patriots' official injury reports with a concussion during the season.
Not only did he said that the team files reports in compliance with league guidelines, but he also made it clear he's a coach, not a doctor, something he's said outright before. So I'm not sure when the next one's due, probably sometime in September, but we'll have one for you then.
He probably felt it'd be best to leave that to the statement from Brady's agent, which says "Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion previous year".
When asked about how important player safety is to him, particularly regarding concussions, Belichick said: "I've talked about that quite a bit". Panthers coach Ron Rivera a year ago took it personally when a reporter questioned his team's treatment of star QB Cam Newton. I mean, he has concussions pretty much every year. Players don't come to me (with injuries).
"You know, our medical staff really handles the injury situation with players", Belichick said. "That's not really my job".
Well, I'm sure you know, Mike (Reiss), we file injury reports every week.
As Belichick said, the medical staff, not the head coach, deals with injuries players suffer.
Brady, who participated in Day 1 of mandatory Patriots minicamp Tuesday, has yet to speak with reporters since Bundchen's revealing interview.
On May 23, Roger Goodell brushed off the situation by saying that Brady hadn't been diagnosed with one last season.
At the time of the Bundhen report, the National Football League made a statement on the matter and says that they have reviewed the report and would work with the NFLPA to gather more information from the Patriots medical staff along with information from Brady.