Maybe, at this point, Tom Brady should just live in that brace he wears on his left leg.
Wearing only a sleeve on his knee during the New England Patriots’ joint practice with Tampa Bay, Brady went down in a heap when his tackle, Nate Solder, was pushed into his left leg, the one that has usually been bolstered by a brace since his 2008 knee surgery. Brady immediately grabbed his leg, staying on the ground for a few moments. He left for one play, then returned for three before leaving the field and sending media and fans at Gillette Stadium into a tizzy.
The moment of the injury was caught on video by Chad Kopcak, a fan attending practice:
This being the Patriots, there was no immediate official update on the severity of the injury, but multiple reports indicated that an MRI of Brady’s knee was negative and he is considered to be day-to-day with a sprain. There was no damage to the ACL repair from 2008, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reported. The Patriots, the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe reports, “won’t know for a couple of days” how long Brady will be out.
Brady missed virtually all of the 2008 season and the very idea that he might be hurt — with Ryan Mallett or Tim Tebow (who turned 26 today) stepping into his spot for any length of time — sent the sports world spinning askew on its axis.
BREAKING from ESPN: A picture of Tom Brady’s butt. pic.twitter.com/D3qZn1gMJ7
— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) August 14, 2013
Talk about sports world stopping: Tom Brady’s left knee injury has led to suspension of all Super Bowl, AFC, AFC East odds at @BovadaLV.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2013