Brady joins Pats saying “no thanks” to Pro Bowl
Patriots QB Tom Brady joined a not too exclusive club of Patriots players who will not play in the Pro Bowl this Sunday due to injury. Brady will join wide receiver Wes Welker, guard Logan Mankins, and nose tackle Vince Wilfork as all four players will be watching rather than playing this coming weekend.
Brady’s injury is not without a bit of mystery as there was nothing wrong with him reported before this past Sunday’s AFC championship game. Brady reported no injury other than that of pride after the Patriots lost to the Baltimore Ravens as Ray Lewis hopes to make one last run at the Super Bowl. This selection marked Brady’s eighth of his career, however he has chosen to sit this one out.
Welker and Mankins’ declinations are of no surprise. Welker has been battling knee injuries all season while Mankins has been dealing with calf and hip issues. Much like Brady, Vince Wilfork was not listed as injured prior to the loss to the Ravens and so his injury remains unspecified.
Hopefully Brady’s injury is more of a precaution and declination to play than a cause for concern. At the age of 36 Brady may be facing a point where he has to take a bit more care to prepare for each season so that he can continue his otherwise phenomenal career.