What Does the Foot Injury to Tom Brady Mean for the Pats in 08?

Tom Brady’s foot injury is old news, but it still merits discussion, especially due to recent comments by the star quarterback. He is on the record saying he will be ready for the 2008 season opener against Kansas City, and Patriots fans should not be concerned about that.

The real question is whether his mobility will be affected as it was in the Super Bowl. In that game, a combination of Brady’s balky ankle and a thoroughly abused offensive line led to the team’s worst outing of the season. The circumstances surrounding this season’s opener are eerily similar. Not only is Brady once again injured, but the offensive line also has several players on PUP or injured reserve.

What does this all mean for the coming season? There are a lot of things that could go wrong here, but there are some positive signs. Brady won’t have to face his mortal enemy Jason Taylor this year, and that alone should be something to celebrate. Also, their first four games are against the Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins, and 49ers, none of which pack much defensive punch.

This stretch coupled with an early bye week should allow the team time to get healthy again without facing an elite defense. In all, this team is lucky that its main problem heading into the season is probably just a minor injury, unlike some of the recent season-ending and career-threatening injuries on other teams.

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