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Patriots QB Tom Brady did not suffer a concussion during the 2016 season according to NFL-NFLPA review

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The joint investigation is over and Brady and the Patriots were – as expected – cleared of any wrongdoing.

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In May, Giselle Bündchen, wife of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made headlines when she told CBS This Morning that her husband suffered "a concussion last year". Of course, the story received initial media buzz, especially considering that a) stories about the Patriots always receive media buzz and b) the reigning Super Bowl MVP was never listed on an injury report because of a concussion.

The NFL and NFLPA did take the interview seriously, though, and conducted a review to find out if Brady or the Patriots had violated any rules. Today, the results of said review have been released (per NFL Network's Tom Pelissero), and it clears New England and its future Hall of Fame quarterback from any wrongdoing. The league's statement reads as follows:

The NFL and NFLPA have conducted comprehensive evaluations of the Concussion Protocol as it applied to Tom Brady during the 2016-17 season. This review included an examination of all game film from every Patriots' game last season, every report from the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants and Booth ATC Spotters assigned to those games and Mr. Brady's medical records, which were produced pursuant to a release signed by Mr. Brady.

This review identified no evidence of any deviation from the Protocol by the Patriots' medical staff or the Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultants assigned to Patriots' games or any indication that Mr. Brady sustained a concussion or reported signs or symptoms consistent with having sustained a concussion. We appreciate the cooperation of the Patriots' medical staff in conducting this review.

The statement basically confirms what has already been known: During the season, when teams are required to list players on the injury report, Brady was not reported to have suffered a concussion. Neither the team's medical director and his staff nor the independent concussion spotters employed by the NFL placed Brady in the concussion protocol – and they did everything right in that regard.

The Tom Brady concussion saga is therefore over. And luckily it never turned into the mess that Deflategate became.