PATRIOTS NOTEBOOK: Brady says sprained shoulder will be fine


According to NBC Sports, Brady suffered the injury during the Patriots loss to the Carolina Panthers on October 1. One way to do that would be to put pressure on Brady like the Panthers, and every other team this season, did.

Asked how he was doing after the game, Brady said he was fine.

Still, there's no reason for the Patriots to panic.

Keeping the 31-year-old Amendola healthy has led the team to manage his workload in the past - he's already missed a game with a concussion and knee injury this year - but the club might not have that luxury in 2017. With that in mind, defenses have been able to design plays to hit Brady with more frequency. However, he still won the Super Bowl that February. New England is seemingly a fixture to play for a conference title, having made the AFC title game 11 times over that span.

At the same time, the Patriots have focused their offense on more vertical passing plays this year. It has seemingly been a lose-lose situation during a handful of National Football League playoffs over the last decade. Brady has practically matched that overall success by himself.

Last season, Brady threw for five touchdowns and zero interceptions in his two games against the Jets, both of which resulted in Patriots wins. The NFL has routinely seen stars such as Favre and Manning fall off a cliff in their late 30s, but somehow not Brady. Brady insists he's not concerned about his shoulder and will be ready for Week 6's divisional showdown with the New York Jets, via

Still, fans can tell their kids, or grandkids years from now, that they witnessed the greatness of Tom Brady.