Posted August 15, 2013

Tom Brady returns to practice after injury scare, could play Friday

AFC East, New England Patriots
Tom Brady may play in the Patriots' preseason game on Friday.

Tom Brady may play in the Patriots’ preseason game on Friday. (John Biever/SI)

Tom Brady had the Patriots and their fans on edge Wednesday, as he exited practice early with a knee injury. But he was back on the field today and may even play Friday in his team’s preseason game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer.

The Patriots were conducting a joint practice with the Buccaneers when offensive tackle Nate Solder, while trying to block Adrian Clayborn, fell back and collided with Brady, who immediately grabbed for his left knee. That’s the same knee in which Brady suffered a torn ACL back in 2008.

Brady dodged a bullet this time around. Multiple outlets, including ESPNNFL.com and CBS Boston, reported that an MRI on Brady’s knee came back clean Wednesday night, and that the QB was day-to-day. Turns out, Brady did not even need that cautious injury designation.

Brady is five years removed from that infamous ACL tear he suffered at the onset of the 2008 season, when the Chiefs’ Bernard Pollard lunged at him on a tackle attempt. That injury occurred in Week 1 of the season, and Brady sat out the remainder of the year.

That memory no doubt was fresh in Brady’s mind when he crumpled to the turf Wednesday. Video of Brady’s practice mishap surfaced thanks to
Patriots fan Chad Kopcak, who captured it from the stands:

The MMQB’s Greg Bedard, on the scene for the Patriots’ joint practice with Tampa Bay, provided more details as the situation unfolded:

It goes without saying that an injury to Brady would have been pretty close to a doomsday scenario for the Patriots. They did manage to go 11-5 during that 2008 season, with Matt Cassel at quarterback, though they missed out on the playoffs despite tying for the AFC East title with Miami.

The current backup on the Patriots’ roster is Ryan Mallett, the Patriots’ third-round pick in the 2011 draft. He’s seen only mop-up action during the regular season since joining New England. Also present on the depth chart, of course, is Tim Tebow, who has some experience starting in the NFL. New England has kept him at quarterback, as opposed to moving him to tight end for example, though the early returns have been mixed at best.

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96 comments
hiltrep
hiltrep

We need Tom Brady on the field to show the jokers that he is the boss. The news are flowing with all sort of comments. http://t.co/p0AvTioNET

sldghammer
sldghammer

espn  reporting that Brady just got a new haircut.....special report to follow

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Shortest lived spasm of Tebowmania ever - less than 24 hours,

Craig
Craig

The biggest problem with Tim Tebow is that too many people keep trying to make him something he's not.  I think almost everyone would agree he was a great college quarterback.  He's also obviously a man to whom religion is important.  Neither one of those things makes him qualified to be an NFL quarterback, nor do they automatically disqualify him.

He is NOT a prototype NFL quarterback.  He never would have been, yet people continually critisize him for that.  If you don't think he belongs in the league as a quarterback, that's fine, but remember he was drafted by somebody.  If they got it wrong, then blame them...because he never claimed to be anything more than what he is.  To his credit he's tried hard to do the things people ask of him, and he's managed to pretty much stay out of the brawl in the mud that surrounds him.  I give him a lot of credit for that.

He may or may not be an adequate back-up to Brady, but...AGAIN....remember somebody else made that decision.  They certainly knew what he could and couldn't do, yet they hired him.  That's not his fault.  Like most of us he was offered a job and he accepted it.  He may be (again) in the wrong place, but that's not necessarily by his choice.

In short, he's a pretty good guy, even if he's not a franchise quarterback.  Stop trying to make him something he's not, and simply appreciate what he is.  If you think he's the "wrong guy" then blame the people who hired him.  He may not provide what's needed, but he will give it everything he's got, and that makes him okay in my book, even if I know he and I don't see eye to eye about religion.

JohnRichardWalsh
JohnRichardWalsh

How do you account for the fact Denver NFL team won most of their games with Tim Tebow as QB?

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

Let Tebow Mania begin among the Tebow Maniacs who can't separate a team's success from the talent of the QB.  TT is a TERRIBLE NFL QB.  Lots of Heisman Trophy winning QBs have been NFL failures ... and the one thing they had in common is they ALL were better than Tebow.

joe6647
joe6647

Tebow doesnt throw the short to intermediate passes on a consistent basis accurately enough for him to be considered anything more than a gimmick player on the Patriots right now

JohnRichardWalsh
JohnRichardWalsh

Tebow at Florida was awesome. 94,000 fans got excited with anticipation when he entered games. Then he would pass and run and score many touchdowns. He won almost all his games in Florida & Denver. What is the hangup?????????????????????????????????????????????

Beave Village
Beave Village

Tebow is awesome, can't wait to see him in Tom Brady's Patriots this NFL season.

garyinco
garyinco

Hey all you Tebow haters. I live in Denver. I am not a fan of his. But he did some crazy stuff here. Denver would suck for 55 minutes and he kept pulling out wins. Got them into the second round of the Playoffs. You can't argue with winning. I'm 53 and it was the most amazing football season I've ever seen. Something about the guy seems to make people want to succeed. Nothing wrong with that. I wish there was more of it. Would I try to build a franchise around him? No.

Tebow seems like a nice guy. When he was in Denver he shy'ed around from media coverage when possible. He did an awful lot of nice community things that weren't photo-ops. It's not hard to tell he's a decent laid-back guy and cares about other people. Is there something wrong with that. He's religious and some people just come unhinged over it. Sad. 

Maybe it's because people who choose to not be religious have been so harassed by those that do. Also sad.


DonDerflinger
DonDerflinger

The NFL just fined Bernard Pollard for hurting another Patriot.

jason2
jason2

tebow moved up the depth chart to "clipboard holder"

rma101560
rma101560

He is on the "injury" list every week and that started way before the ACL.  He showed on the list and nobody would say why.  Of course, he played every single game for how many seasons?  If he never played another down, most of us would not miss him.

Al-Gorzeera
Al-Gorzeera

Belichick's karma is rearing its ugly head.

Josiah-w
Josiah-w

Ahahaha! Man, I love it... You gotta admit, things do seem to just go right for the guy, don't they? 

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

The anti-Tebow flash mob is out in force.  Every QB event on a team Tebow is on triggers hater-abuse.  Even when he's not the story at all, as above.  Mallett is the backup QB.  Tebow is a distant 3rd string.

I can take him or leave him.  But if you hate Tebow so much, stop making him the story when he isn't. And in the story above, he's barely mentioned.

joe6647
joe6647

@JohnRichardWalsh Lots of QBs were great in college but never had their talent translate to the pros.  Many Florida QBs too

nematocyte
nematocyte

That being said, Tebow is definitely an amazing person, and yes, this is coming from a nonreligious person. It's unequivocal, he is a very good person and I hope he has success with the Patriots.

nematocyte
nematocyte

@garyinco If that was truly the most amazing football you've ever seen, you must not be a very big fan of the game.

JeanClaudeRobinson
JeanClaudeRobinson

@garyinco I have to agree with mysta on this, Tebow may be a really great guy but he is a horrible QB.Not just the '97 season that mysta talks about ,but how can you can compare the excitement that Elway brought with the crazy plays he made on a regular basis back in the 80's not just with his legs but with his arm also ? and I am not a huge Elway fan either to the one season of Tebow

mystafugee
mystafugee

@garyinco So it was more amazing than the Broncos 1997 season which ended with an upset victory in the Super Bowl to give Elway his first SB?  It was a nice run but in retrospect the team was almost winning in spite of him.  As for him as a person I'm sure lots of players are like him.  The religion isn't what bothers people, it's his defenders who act like he can do no wrong.  

Charles58
Charles58

@rma101560 You are an @$$hole and obviously not a Patriots fan. How would you not miss the greatest QB in NFL history? F*****g tool.

JakeFromStateFarm17
JakeFromStateFarm17

@Josiah-w Yeah Super model wife that's the bread winner, a NFL career that will net a huge pension and a trip to Canton, a huge mansion in California......He has it rough 

mystafugee
mystafugee

@nematocyte I'm sure he's a nice guy and good teammate but this is the NFL not an office softball team

Eric51
Eric51

@mystafugee @garyincoRight, because a rookie QB's first 'almost' starting season (he didn't start in the first 5 games) should be compared to a hall of famer's first season where he won a SB?  Newsflash: QBs in their starting years shouldn't have to try to compare their records to the best years of the best QBs of all time to show that they're capable of being a good QB.  The fact that you think they do shows a disconnect with reality and an obvious bias against Tebow.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@mystafugee @garyinco  

Invalid argument.  The post above simply says how much the guy enjoyed a season with Tebow as the QB, and what a good guy Tebow seems to be in real life.  

As for criticizing Tebow's defenders, it seems more that Tebow-haters are the ones who bring him up and throw mud whenever there's an article concerning QBs on the team for which Tebow happens to be playing.

garyinco
garyinco

@mystafugee @garyinco Yes, it was. More unexpected anyway. The Broncos were having a terrible season. It was more than half over and they had not won a game. Public pressure made the Denver coaches put in Tebow. He won the game dramatically, He did that almost every  game for the rest of the season. Everyone remembers the pass he made from the near the his own endzone that ended up a touchdown to win against the Steelers. He wasn't supposed to be able to pass. And it was a beaut. Every game you just shook your head and thought that was amazing. 

It was weird. The team was in a state of disarray. The coach at the time {Josh McDaniels) had up them very dysfunctional.Most of the players were raising he!! and the QB (Kyle Orton) was a huge choker and less of a leader,

If you're referring to the non-football "fans" that have sprouted, I agree and I think Tebow would too, if he could.

kimbo
kimbo

Greatest? nah....most boastful yea!

JeanClaudeRobinson
JeanClaudeRobinson

@Charles58 @rma101560 and what do you base your statement of greatest QB to ever play on ? what records other then most TD's in one seasons does he hold ? that you base this on please enlighten me

Eric51
Eric51

@mystafugee @MidwestGolfFan @garyinco Yeah because people are 'forcing' you to read Tebow articles and then post negative comments about Tebow and anyone who likes him.  Get over yourself.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

@mystafugee @MidwestGolfFan @garyinco  

You're condemning a guy for enjoying something and having a positive opinion of someone who seems like he might be worth it. 

This comment section is full of unprovoked Tebow-hate, seemingly set off by an article that mentions him once, toward the end, in passing.  I call that irrational.  Pro-Tebow comments seem mostly limited to Tebow-hate responses.  

If you're going to throw mud, be honest:  it's because you like to throw mud, not " 'they' made me do it," or the functional equivalent thereof.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@MidwestGolfFan @mystafugee @garyinco So he enjoyed a season where the Broncos ended it getting caned by the Patriots.  As for him being a good guy, unless you know him personally, you shouldn't be making such assessments.  Yeah it's easy to throw mud when he's forced down your throat.  That's why Kim Kardashian has a lot of haters.

mystafugee
mystafugee

@garyinco @mystafugee Orton is a huge choker and less than a leader?  He did win a division and a playoff game with Chicago, just saying.  

nematocyte
nematocyte

@garyinco I think this line of thinking is why people are often against Tebow. Like mysta said, it's not Tebow, it's his defenders that are the problem.

First things first, he was on the 20 yard line, not near his endzone. The pass was great, don't get me wrong, but it was simple pass down the middle to a receiver with good separation. The rest of it was the receiver's speed. Don't get me wrong, the play was great and Tebow threw a perfect pass, but his passing statistics that season were absolutely atrocious and it's a discredit to the reset of the team when Tebow is given 100% of the credit. 

JeanClaudeRobinson
JeanClaudeRobinson

@garyinco @mystafugee now that Gary I can agree with more unexpected not amazing,I agree with that. I do believe that after what happened to the Broncos in '96 against the Jags they did have a little something to prove in '97.

JeanClaudeRobinson
JeanClaudeRobinson

@los923 @JeanClaudeRobinson @Charles58 @rma101560 how about this 10 seasons in the league 10 championship games 7 Championships Won.Highest winning percentage ever .Name Otto Graham. 5 X MVP.Look him up maybe learn a little about football not just the modern day football.Learn about when it was a real game. Oh and to boot he played 1 year in the N.B.A. and won a championship there also. so that would be as total of playing 11 seasons of professional ball and being in the championship game every year he played.

los923
los923

@JeanClaudeRobinson @Charles58 @rma101560 another person that should be allowed to post and as Charles would say another tool. Five Super bowls, 3 super bowl wins, 2 MVP's, an almost 3 to 1 TD/ Int ratio and the best season of any QB ever with 50 td's and 8 int's. Go have another triple scotch.