Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have surgery on his foot according to reports from the Boston Globe. The surgery, which will be performed by Patriots team physician George Theodore, could be delayed until Monday but no later, according to the newspaper.
A screw might need to be inserted in Brady’s foot, but if it heals as expected, the quarterback should be ready for training camp in late July/early August.
A report from NFL Network states that Brady played the entire season with a stress fracture in his right foot. The source said it’s “no trivial injury” and became “very, very painful in the middle of the season.”
According to the Globe, the Patriots first listed Brady’s foot injury on their injury report in November. The quarterback received treatment from the team’s medical staff, but surgery now is the best option since the stress fracture hasn’t disappeared.
The condition is considered more serious than what New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has played through, but less serious than Brett Favre’s foot injury, since Brady’s is non-arthritic.
The injury predates Brady’s reconstructive knee surgery, and caused the quarterback to miss time during 2008 training camp. The problems caused by the ailment subsided after Brady injured his knee, and he played through the 2009 season with “no problems” in the foot at all.