By Chris Le
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will undergo season-ending surgery on his left knee.
The team announcement, preceding a somber news conference with Coach Bill Belichick, was vague and had no specific details regarding Brady’s injury. Some sources, however, have confirmed that it is at least a torn ACL.
The hit by Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard ends Brady’s streak of 128 consecutive starts.
Backup quarterback Matt Cassel, who hasn’t started a single game since high school, performed admirably in the wake of Brady’s injury, going 12 for 18 for 152 yards and 1 touchdown.
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Patriots will bring Chris Simms on Monday and possibly Tim Rattay to work out.
Update: An MRI reveals that Brady has a torn ACL and MCL.
There is no bone damage and he should be fully recovered after eight or nine months.
The Patriots didn’t work out Simms or Rattay, deciding to stick with Cassel, who should know their system inside and out. They signed Matt Gutierrez to their practice squad, and could activate him for Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.