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Patriots' star Tom Brady to miss whole NFL season

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will be out for the rest of the season after playing only five minutes in the opening game, and getting injured. Last year's MVP will undergo surgery for his left knee.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will require surgery on his injured left knee and miss the remainder of the National Football League season, the team said Monday.

Brady, the reigning NFL Most Valuable Player, was hurt in the first quarter against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, the first full Sunday of the 2008 season.

The Patriots did not announce a diagnosis of Brady's injury, but officially ended his season by placing him in injured reserve after seeing the results of an MRI exam.

"After extensive tests this morning, it was revealed that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's left knee, which was injured in the first quarter of yesterday's game, will require surgery," the Patriots said in a statement.

"He will be placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2008 season."

Brady, one of the league's most durable players, was injured when he was struck in the back of the left knee by Kansas City safety Bernard Pollard. He crumpled to the turf, clutching the knee, and after receiving treatment on the field hobbled to the locker room.

Multiple media reports said Brady suffered major ligament damage.

Last season, Brady set an NFL record by throwing 50 touchdown passes in leading New England to a perfect 16-0 regular-season record.

However, the Patriots' campaign ended with a crushing Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

Entering the season, Brady had started 128 consecutive regular-season contests, the third-longest streak in NFL history behind only Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.

An injury to Drew Bledsoe in week two of the 2001 season put Brady in the Patriots' lineup, and he hasn't missed a game since.

He led New England to its first Super Bowl championship that season, establishing his reputation as a clutch performer by leading a last-minute drive in a 20-17 upset of the St. Louis Rams.

Brady led New England to two more Super Bowl titles in 2003 and 2004.

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