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Brady injured in Patriots' win


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POSTED: Saturday, August 29, 2009

LANDOVER, Md. » Officially, Tom Brady has a “;sore shoulder,”; the result of being crushed to the turf by massive Albert Haynesworth. It caused enough discomfort for him to spend quite a while on the bench flexing and rotating his throwing arm, trying to work out whatever kinks were there.

It could be nothing. It could be something. Actually, anything that involves Tom Brady is always something, especially in a season in which he's trying to come back from a major knee injury.

Brady hurt his shoulder in the New England Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Washington Redskins last night. It was late in the first half when he was pressed to the ground by All-Pro defensive tackle Haynesworth after a third down incomplete pass.

Brady went to the bench, where he stretched his arm repeatedly as the half came to a close and again after returning from the locker room after halftime.

Brady did not play in the second half, even though most of the first-team offense returned for the first drive of the third quarter. He then left the sideline and returned to the locker room.

Brady and counterpart Jason Campbell played to a 17-17 draw. Then came the backups—and a trio of interceptions—before the game was decided by Stephen Gostkowski's 31-yard field goal with 8 seconds remaining.

Washington's Colt Brennan, trying to stay on the roster, was picked off for the third straight game, this one returned 99 yards for a touchdown by Jonathan Wilhite. The former Hawaii standout helped redeem himself with a 33-yard touchdown pass to rookie Marko Mitchell, who moved closer to securing a roster spot as the No. 5 receiver.

Brennan finished 6-for-12 for 81 yards, but he also took a 6-yard sack late in the game on a third down, which was followed by Shaun Suisham missing a go-ahead 52-yard field goal.