If it’s possible to remove all the steak knives, razor blades and other sharp objects from the entire Boston area, it might be a good idea to do that tonight. Michael Silver of YAHOO! SPORTS is reporting that Tom Brady’s left knee injury is a worst-case scenario, a “severe” injury that is going to KO him for the rest of the season.
Which means that we’ll learn one of two things over the course of the 2008 season: that Tom Brady really is a Hall of Fame quarterback after the team struggles to a 7-9 record; or that it’s the system and not the quarterback after the Pats go 11-5 with Matt Cassel taking the snaps.
That’s right, Patriots fans, the Armageddon scenario is upon you - your starting quarterback is a guy who never started one game in college, and wasn’t good enough to unseat the guy currently holding the clipboard for Kurt Warner in Arizona.
The play that hurt Brady’s knee involved Bernard Pollard of the Chiefs lunging at Brady’s legs as he attempted to throw as pass to Randy Moss. While Pollard defended the hit as not dirty, Moss emphatically told the BOSTON GLOBE otherwise:
“I don’t really want to get into it, but me personally, I think it was dirty,” he said.
“Like I said, I didn’t really see anything; I was running down the field. When I came back in [and watched it], it looked dirty to me. I’ve never been a dirty player. I honestly don’t even know how to play dirty. I just play the game. Any time you see something like that, that looks foul, it looks dirty, it opens your eyes. So, me personally, it looked dirty.”
Brady wasn’t the only starting QB to get injured on Opening Week: Vince Young went down with what is being called a sprained knee in the fourth quarter of the Titans’ 17-10 win over the Jaguars. The two differences here being that: Young was being booed before getting hurt, while Brady could basically kill the mayor of Boston and get away with it. And Kerry Collins is slightly more experienced than Matt Cassel.
And Patriots fans, if you want to blame anyone other than Pollard for this injury, look to BOSTON HERALD reporter Karen Guregian, who clearly jinxed Brady by writing today about how Cassel was ready to play if needed. See, you make a paper issue a public apology to you, and they’ll get you back one way or another.