News broke late last night that Patriots QB Tom Brady was going to have surgery on a stress fracture in his foot. Apparently, he had been playing with the condition for most of the season, which explains why he likely missed several Wednesday practices towards the end of the season. The surgery seems to come as a surprise to not only fans but to Brady himself, who said on Monday that he was looking forward to an offseason without any surgeries. Brady reportedly had his surgery earlier today and is expected to have to wear a boot for about six weeks. The healing process takes 4-6 months, meaning Brady should be ready to go for training camp.
However, that does mean that Brady will not be ready to play in the Pro Bowl, and has pulled out of the game. Therefore, the Chiefs’ Matt Cassel will replace Brady in Hawaii. Once again, Brady goes out and Cassel comes in. The move will reunite Cassel with Bill Belichick and the Patriots’ coaching staff, who will be running the show for the AFC squad. It should be interesting to see the two interact throughout the week and during the game.