During his regularly scheduled appearance on WEEI’s “Dennis & Callahan” program this morning (6:40 a.m.), Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he is expecting to play in the season-opener against the Bills, but acknowledged there is a chance he might not.
Brady said he fell awkwardly while getting hit by Redskins defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth during Friday's exhibition victory, before noting that “any time a 350-pound man lands on you, most people would be a little sore -- which I was.”
A source close to the team told the Globe's Chris Gasper on Saturday that Brady is sore, but "there is no need for hysteria."
Tom Brady (12) (Greg Fiume / Getty Images)
Asked initially about his injured right shoulder, Brady talked briefly about the game before saying: "I'm really looking forward to this week, and getting prepared for this game [against the New York Giants] and then Buffalo is right around the corner. The next few weeks are going to fly -- as they always do -- in anticipation of opening night."
Fill-in hosts Butch Stearns and Bob Neumeier pressed Brady on the shoulder and whether he'd be ready for the regular-season opener against Buffalo on Monday, Sept. 14.
"Well, there's a chance I won't make it down to the stadium in the next 30 minutes," joked Brady. "There's a lot of time before that game. As I said, there's a lot of players on our team that have bumps and bruises. I have bumps and bruises. It's a physical game. I fell a little bit awkwardly, but I'm expecting to be out there and I'm expecting to play this week if coach lets me. We'll see how the week goes."
What was Brady thinking when he got hit?
"I was thinking: 'Damn that guy is heavy.' " joked Brady. "That's what i was thinking. Albert Hanynesworth, he's one of best defensive linemen we play against. I kind of pumped to the left, drifted a little bit, drifted into him. He made a good play. I landed just a little awkward on the ground. Coach made the decision at that point -- at halftime -- that that was it for the night, and that was it."
Brady danced around specific questions about the health of his injured right shoulder, including one asking if he had X-rays (his cell phone broke up during the answer, but Brady noted, "I always rely on our doctors and trainers. It’s just part of getting hit.")
At one point, he was asked the question: What can you tell us about your shoulder, going forward, about the start of the season?
Brady’s response: “What does it matter? We don’t play for two weeks, so the reality is that no matter what I say – how confident I am – we’re just going to have to wait until September 14, or hopefully this Thursday if Coach lets us play. Traditionally, he doesn’t let [me] play in this game. If he wants me to play, I’ll play. For me to make a bunch of predictions on something that is two weeks away, I don’t understand what the point is of that.”
Brady was asked if he had a similar reaction to last year when he injured his knee, and he said this time was different. "When I got hit last year, I knew it was bad," he said. "That pain didn't go away."
The hosts joked at the start of the interview that there was really no reason to ask Brady about his health given the update from Chad Ochocinco's Twitter on Friday night.
"I don’t remember talking to him," Brady said to laughter. "Chad Ochocinco is a little bit evasive at times."