New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played the last several games with three broken ribs

–(– 01/03/2010 – Most Popular industry news provided by Financial News USA. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has played the last several games with three broken ribs, CBS Sports reported Sunday.

The Patriots had added ribs to the injury report for Brady the week after he took a big hit against the Dolphins in Week 13 and briefly left the field to go to the locker room. He didn’t miss any plays in the game.

Despite the report, a Patriots spokesman said he was not aware of Brady having broken ribs, according to The Associated Press.

Brady started Sunday in the regular-season finale at Houston, going 9 for 13 for 130 yards in the first half before being lifted for backup Brian Hoyer in the second quarter with the Patriots assured of home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

The Patriots also sent Brady out for the first series of the second half.

Brady, who this week was selected to his fifth Pro Bowl, returned this season after tearing two knee ligaments in last season’s opener.

Entering Sunday, he had passed for 4,212 yards with 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while starting all 16 games. About Financial News USA

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