BOSTON (CBS) – That wasn’t a small gust of wind you just felt, it was a collective sign of relief coming from Gillette Stadium.
Tom Brady is back on the practice field.
Brady joined his teammates in shorts and shells as they kicked off the final day of Training Camp, sporting a brace on his left knee.
Panic ensued throughout New England on Wednesday when the Patriots quarterback went down with what was believed to be a knee injury during the team’s joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brady fell to the ground after offensive lineman Nate Solder “kicked” his left knee and remained there for a few seconds. He stayed on the field at first, but after a few snaps walked off with team trainers and did not return.
Fans and media alike feared the worst, as it was the same knee Brady tore his ACL in during the Patriots 2008 season-opener.
But just a few hours later, an MRI came back showing no structural damage, and reports say Brady likely suffered just a bruise. It was also reported that Brady would not only be on the field on Thursday, but would likely play Friday in the Patriots preseason game against Tampa.
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The full extent of Brady’s injury is still unknown, and likely will remain that way. It’s also not clear if he will play in Friday’s preseason game, but just having #12 on the field is a good sign for the Patriots — and all of New England.
Life is back to normal down at Gillette. Now everyone can breathe a whole lot easier.
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