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Tom Brady suffered a concussion last year, more on NFL brain study

ConcussionNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played with a concussion last year without notifying the team, according to his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen while she was responding to a question on "CBS This Morning" this Wednesday on whether she wanted her husband to retire.

"He had a concussion last year. He has concussions pretty much every ..." she said on the show before apparently cutting herself off. "I mean, we don't talk about it. But he does have concussions. I don't really think it's a healthy thing for anybody to go through."

NFL policy requires the reporting of "significant or noteworthy" injuries regardless of whether the player loses time on the field, according to the Associated Press. It also says honesty in reporting injuries "affects the integrity of the game."

Brady was punished for his role in "Deflategate" with a suspension from the first four games of the season. He also lost practice time due to ankle, leg and thigh injuries. He was not, however, listed as having suffered a concussion or head injury during 2016.

Repeated concussions, even seemingly minor ones, have been tied to a cumulative brain injury called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which can cause symptoms ranging from mood swings and suicidality to dementia. The NFL has agreed to a $1-billion settlement to compensate players who develop CTE or other long-term effects from concussions.

Neither the NFL nor Brady's agent were available to comment on Ms. Bundchen's statement, according to the AP.

Legends Hasselbeck, Marshall donate their brains to study

Meanwhile, two retired NFL legends have committed to donating their brains to the Concussion Legacy Foundation for post-mortem study on CTE.

Former New York Giants defensive lineman and two-time Super Bowl champion Leonard Marshall, now 55, says he is already experiencing short-term memory loss, which he believes is tied to his history of concussions during play. He was joined by former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and three-time Pro Bowler Matt Hasselbeck, whose father also pledged his brain to the foundation.

So far, 1,800 military vets and former professional athletes have pledged to donate their brains to the project.

If someone you love has suffered a brain injury, contact Tabor Law Firm. We're here for you.

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