The New England Patriots got a huge scare on Wednesday afternoon when quarterback Tom Brady had his left knee rolled up on during a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After initial whispers that the injury could be serious, reports now claim Brady only suffered a sprain. He is fine and could even practice on Thursday.
Brady was given an MRI almost immediately and ESPN’s Adam Schefter says it came back negative. He is considered day-to-day currently and will be re-examined on Thursday. As of right now it appears he won’t even miss a day of practice.
On the play in question, Bucs defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn pushed Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder into Brady’s left just after Brady had thrown a pass. After practice Clayborn told reporters that he was bull-rushing Solder on the play and that Solder fell back into Brady.
Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano claims he told his players not to touch the quarterback. Schiano had the following to say:
Coach Belichick and I stressed to our teams: Let them throw the football. Rush the passer, but go by them and don’t get around them. I can’t tell you (more) because I didn’t see what happened.
Earlier in the day, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport was reporting that Brady’s teammates were upset and scared throughout the rest of Wednesday’s practice after the 36-year-old quarterback had to leave.
Brady missed the 2008 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the first quarter of New England’s Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Despite what initially looked awful, the Patriots appear to have dodged a huge bullet today. Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow are Brady’s backup and let’s face, neither of those guys could step in and help New England win games now.
Don’t be shocked if the Patriots hold Brady out of practice tomorrow for precautionary reasons.