Patriots' Tom Brady says Josh Allen's helmet-to-helmet hit is why he tries to avoid running

USA Today Sports 1 month ago

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady empathized with Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen, who was knocked out of Sunday's game during a run then suffered a helmet-to-helmet blow that put him in the concussion protocol.

Brady said it's a prime example of why he chooses not to run. 

"From a quarterback's standpoint, I feel like it's always best to try to be available to the team, and it's trying to take risk-reward and so forth," Brady said during his WEEI weekly radio appearance on "The Greg Hill Show."

"Nobody likes to see anybody get hurt out there. From my own experience, I try to do the best I can to avoid any big shots like that."

In the Patriots' 16-10 win Sunday, Allen scrambled for a seven-yard gain in the fourth quarter and was being tackled by Pats safety Duron Harmon when cornerback Jonathan Jones delivered the late helmet-to-helmet hit on Allen. Jones was penalized for unnecessary roughness, and Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters after the game he thought Jones should have been ejected. 

"A lot of quarterbacks who do run, they're trying to make yards and it's great," Brady said. "At the same time, you're susceptible to big hits. Whether it's flagged or not, or whether it's a penalty, a lot of the rules have changed over the years."

Bills safety Micah Hyde told reporters after the game he thought there was a double standard over the hit: "That's the first thing that came out of my mouth on the sideline, if one of us did that to 12 (Brady), we wouldn't have been in the game anymore. There's no way, there's no way we would've continued to play in that game," he said.

Brady added that coach Bill Belichick gave him advice he's always remembered when it comes to the risk-reward decision of whether to run.

"Coach Belichick said to me, 'Hey Brady, if you want to have a career in this league, when you're running like that, you either throw the ball away or slide!' I've kind of taken to that."

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