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Tom Brady won’t reveal whether he suffered a concussion last season because he doesn’t believe it’s anyone’s business but his.

Speaking to reporters at New England Patriots training camp Friday, Brady wouldn’t discuss his health and said that type of information is personal, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

The NFL, which requires players and teams to disclose concussions, would probably disagree.

Brady’s wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, said on “CBS This Morning” in May that Brady did indeed suffer a concussion in 2016.

“He had a concussion last year,” Bundchen said. “I mean he has concussions pretty much … we don’t talk about it. But he does have concussions. I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through that kind of aggression all the time. That cannot be healthy for you, right? I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100, I hope.”

Brady appeared on the Patriots’ injury report several times in 2016, but was never listed as having a concussion. In fact, he hasn’t appeared on the injury report with a concussion in any of the past four seasons.

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Now that Calvin Johnson is retired, he has no problem discussing the reality of head injuries in the NFL, but it wasn’t always that way.

On the heals of Tom Brady‘s wife, Gisele Bundchen, claiming her husband had an undocumented concussion last season, Johnson has opened up about how the injury is treated among NFL players.

“Guys get concussions, they don’t tell the coaches,” Johnson said Saturday, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It happens. I don’t tell the coach sometimes cause I know I got a job to do. The team needs me out there on the field. And sometimes you allow that to jeopardize yourself, but that’s just the nature of the world.”

Johnson was never officially diagnosed with a concussion during his nine-year career.

When pressed for specifics and whether he ever lied to doctors about a head injury, Johnson was very honest.

“Of course,” said Johnson. “They’re going to dispute that, but anytime you black out, anytime you hit the ground and everything is stars and stuff, any time your brain hits your skull, that’s a concussion.

“No matter how severe it is, it’s a concussion. Now granted, some people get nausea. That’s a severe concussion when you get hit like that and you get nausea and stuff like that. But if you play football long enough (you’re going to have concussions).”

While Johnson’s retirement was a surprise to most when announced, it appears the Lions all-time leading receiver may have had more reasons than the public knew about for hanging up his pads.

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Dr. Bennet Omalu, who inspired the 2015 Will Smith film “Concussion,” praised Gisele Bundchen after she revealed Tuesday that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in 2016.

“I believe it is something angelic to speak up,” Omalu told TMZ. “She’s an angel. An angel of truth and an angel of love. … The truth will always prevail. We should not be afraid of the truth because of the inconvenience of the truth. But when we embrace the truth, just like Gisele has done, the truth is empowering, is enlightening, and is vindicating. … So, (Gisele) is my hero.”

The NFL said there are no records of Brady sustaining a concussion or a head injury last season. However, neither Brady or the New England Patriots have commented on Bundchen’s claim.

The 39-year-old quarterback hasn’t been listed on the injury report with a concussion dating back to 2004, when data first became available.

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Drew Brees made a quick sidestep when asked to comment on Gisele Bundchen’s reveal that her husband, Tom Brady, suffered a concussion in the 2016 season, during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show.”

Brees called it “their business,” but when pressed on whether he’d reveal any head-related health issues to his wife, Brittany, the New Orleans Saints‘ star quarterback said he’d keep her in the dark.

“I wouldn’t want her to worry,” Brees said, according to ESPN’s Mike Triplett.

Brees agreed that self-reporting concussions in the NFL remains a “gray area,” and then talked about when he suffered a concussion in 2004 while with the then-San Diego Chargers, which he said was the only time he’d suffered such an injury in his NFL career.

“I knew that something was not right. I knew that I was concussed,” Brees said. “But I didn’t take myself out of the game. I mean, I stayed in the game and played as long as I could until finally a coach pulled me aside and was like, ‘I’m looking out for you here, and you’re not gonna play anymore.’ …

“And that’s why it’s hard to change that mentality for guys. When you’re in the heat of the moment, heat of the battle and it’s competitive, you do not want to pull yourself out. That’s why the concussion protocols are in place where you’ve got the independent neurological consultants and the trainers and the referees. Everybody’s supposed to be looking.”

The NFL said it has no records that indicate Brady suffered a concussion at any point during his career.

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Having captured his fifth Super Bowl title in the most dramatic of fashions, it’s hard to see what else Tom Brady has left to accomplish.

However, the New England Patriots‘ star has no intention of letting the rest of the NFL off easy. Despite the pleading of his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, the 39-year-old quarterback says he won’t consider retirement while his body is still capable of playing at a high level.

“If it was up to my wife she would have me retire today. (laughter) She told me last night three times,” said Brady, according to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe. “And I said ‘Too bad, babe, I’m having way too much fun right now.’ You know, I feel like I can still do it and if you love what you do and you’re capable of doing it then, I mean I’d be so bored if I wasn’t going out there, knowing that I could still do it. So I’m going to work hard to be ready to go and I still plan on playing for a long time.”

The Patriots reportedly believe Brady can play for three-to-five more seasons – which will put him into uncharted territory for elite quarterback play – and intend to sign him to a contract extension in the 2018 offseason.

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Former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy was arrested Sunday in Richardson, Texas for possession of a controlled substance, according to NBC Dallas Fort-Worth.

TMZ reports Hardy was pulled over for not using a turn signal and a search revealed he was in possession of cocaine.

Hardy remains in Richardson City Jail as of Monday, and a bond has been set at $5,000.

The former Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys standout remains a free agent after being released in the offseason, and has drawn little interest despite recording six sacks in 12 games in 2015.

Hardy’s off-field issues made headlines after he was arrested in 2014 for assaulting and threatening to kill an ex-girlfriend – including sending her ominous texts of his firearms. Hardy was not convicted and the charges were expunged from his record.

While with the Cowboys, Hardy showed little remorse for the domestic violence incident, publicly saying upon his return from suspension: “I hope I come out guns blazing.”

He also made some ill-timed comments about Tom Brady’s wife Gisele Bundchen.

“You seen his wife?” Hardy said. “I hope she comes to the game. I hope her sister comes to the game. (I hope) all her friends come to the game.”