Finding out injury information about prominent members of the New England Patriots can be close to impossible. So when the team’s best player, QB Tom Brady, talks openly about his rehabilitation from reconstructive knee surgery, fantasy leaguers need to listen.
Brady talked to Toronto sports radio station The Fan 590 on Wednesday and said his rehab was “going really well.” He also confirmed that he did in fact have a second procedure after developing an infection.
However, he didn’t offer a timetable for his return.
“Anyone who’s come back from injuries that require surgery knows it’s just a process, and there are some good days, some bad days, and you just have to keep plugging through them,” Brady told the station.
Some reports, while speculative, have suggested that Brady’s injury could keep him out of training camp and potentially land him on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. That would require him to miss close to the first half of the regular season.
It also would make him far less attractive in fantasy football drafts.
Brady, who had the best fantasy season ever in 2007, would be a surefire No. 1 quarterback if he’s available for the start of the season. As Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers have proved in the very recent past, quarterbacks can return quickly from a serious knee operation and put up tremendous numbers.
But as it stands, the Patriots might have to lean on Matt Cassel to open the season as their signal-caller. That makes him the first-ever must-handcuff quarterback for those owners who draft Brady.
It’s only January, so there’s plenty of time between now and the start of training camp to gain a better idea of his timetable. One thing’s for sure, though. Brady’s left knee will be one of the most popular topics of conversation in fantasy circles in 2009.