Tom Brady intends to play in Friday’s preseason game

AP

The Tom Brady knee “injury” that had everyone freaking out on Wednesday afternoon apparently wasn’t even serious enough to make him sit out a preseason game.

Brady intends to practice today and play in Friday night’s preseason game against the Buccaneers, Ed Werder of ESPN reports.

The injury has been described by some reports as a knee sprain, but Werder’s sources said it was more of a bruise, and that assuming another examination doesn’t reveal something different, Brady is going to be good to go.

Even if the knee injury is very minor, it’s somewhat surprising that the Patriots would put Brady on the field for a meaningless exhibition game just two days after he had to leave practice. But the Patriots are breaking in a new corps of inexperienced receivers, and they’d like to get Brady more live game experience with them. So assuming Brady feels fine today and tomorrow, he’ll be good to go on Friday night.

40 responses to “Tom Brady intends to play in Friday’s preseason game

  1. I’m not a Pats fan, but as a fan of football you gotta admire the guy’s work ethic and passion for the sport and his team. It’s only the second preseason game though, no need to rush back and risk further injury. There’s still plenty of time to develop a chemistry with the young receivers. IMO he should sit out this game and take a couple days to heal so he’s 100% healthy when the season starts, especially with the way serious injuries are striking so many players and teams this offseason.

  2. I don’t think any team in the NFL is as B dependent as the Patriots. Brady goes down for any length of time and that dooms any chance the Pats make the playoffs. They just don’t have a capable backup.

  3. Your right cause the year he went down we didn’t win 11 games with a worse team. Good call. And how exactly does this site posting a story about Brady make him a diva? If he sat out and didn’t come back for awhile ok maybe but he’s right back at it.

  4. Really, Pats don’t have a capable back-up? most teams
    would be screwed if thier starting QB went down…We do have
    a guy who got his team to AFC championship which is more than Peyton did!

  5. stevequinn says:
    Aug 15, 2013 7:39 AM
    I don’t think any team in the NFL is as B dependent as the Patriots. Brady goes down for any length of time and that dooms any chance the Pats make the playoffs. They just don’t have a capable backup.

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    What do you think would happen if Aaron Rodgers went down (although, like the Pats, they are a system, so they might be able to eak out enough wins for a playoff appearance… maybe, depends when Rodgers would be injured, same as Brady), or Drew Brees? The Giants and Eli? The 49ers (Colt McCoy is their current backup, I think?)?

    Come on, think before you write something out.

  6. stevequinn says:
    Aug 15, 2013 7:39 AM
    I don’t think any team in the NFL is as B dependent as the Patriots. Brady goes down for any length of time and that dooms any chance the Pats make the playoffs. They just don’t have a capable backup.
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    I was also wondering what would have happened if roles were reversed when Brady got hurt and Cassel led the Patriots to a 11-5 season. If Brady went to Kansas City instead of Cassel, how good or how bad would Brady have done over in KC. Seriously.

  7. Apparently Big Ben called to tell him minor life threatening injuries are not a valid reason to miss games.

  8. It sucks when any of the NFL’s top players are hurt. Most fans want to see the best….win or loose. It is simply more fun to watch a football when the stars are out there. When you are at a game, you can train your binoculars on any player and watch him for a while. You are not at the mercy of the broadcast camera. You see the game you want to see…..watch the stars you want to watch.

  9. Guitarkevin: Brady did nothing other than leave the field as a precaution. Don’t see how that makes him dramatic. The drama came when we as Patriots fans started imagining a season of Mallett or Tebow leading the team, which is a pretty scary thought.

  10. I don’t think any team in the NFL is as B dependent as the Patriots. Brady goes down for any length of time and that dooms any chance the Pats make the playoffs. They just don’t have a capable backup.

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    Mallett is certainly “capable,” if not a strong starter. He’s at least as good as Cassel was in 2009 (11-5). I also think you’re overlooking the strength of this team’s running game, O-line and front seven on defense.

  11. guitarkevin says:
    Aug 15, 2013 7:26 AM
    Another over dramatic Tom Brady story – why am I not surprised? God, this guy is a diva.

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    He’s a diva? He hasn’t said anything. It’s the media, not Brady. After sitting through a whole season of Peyton’s neck (when he wasn’t even playing) I was annoyed, but it was the media, not Peyton. T.O. And ocho are divas.

  12. You could say the same about a few teams every team depends on their quarterback. Think about that for a second. What are the Broncos without Manning, Packers without Rodgers, do I need to go on?

  13. Dude limps and favors a knee.

    I know 1 fact NONE of the explanations for that includes the word Bruise. unless u ask Belichek

  14. If this was Rapelisberger he’d have already called five press conferences about how he is near death. Then Ben would probably sit out anyway.

  15. allday2k says: Aug 15, 2013 7:31 AM

    I’m not a Pats fan, but as a fan of football you gotta admire the guy’s work ethic and passion for the sport and his team. It’s only the second preseason game though, no need to rush back and risk further injury. There’s still plenty of time to develop a chemistry with the young receivers. IMO he should sit out this game and take a couple days to heal so he’s 100% healthy when the season starts, especially with the way serious injuries are striking so many players and teams this offseason.
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    How many tissues do you use after your done watching Tom Brady?

  16. He always wants to play. What matters is what his coach says when he gets the medical info from the doctors.
    I do want him to go back to wearing that brace though.

  17. When I think about Brady going down hurting his knee I imagine it was a lot like when peter griffin hurt his knee off family guy.

  18. Mallett may be a competent back up, but he is still a huge downgrade from Brady. I don’t see much upside to playing more than a quick series (and then getting some rest) in this next preseason game…

  19. Not a Pats fan although I like the Pats, especially since my G-Men beat them twice the Super Bowl. Maybe we’ll do it again?

    Aside from that, this Brady could be the best QB ever and without a doubt the best ever pocket passer. Made great receivers out of many fringe players. Like a Joe Montana but with a far superior arm.

  20. The Patriots have a backup QB who got a team to an AFC Championship Game? That is incorrect. You casuals are hilarious…
    By the way: The fact that so many are clamoring for Tebow over one of the all-time great QBs is a SAD commentary on the state of the NFL fandom.
    Never have so many watched something that they know so little about.

  21. Brady did not leave the practice right after the injury. He left the field but returned and continued to throw although he continually looked down at his knee. Any idiot who would question his toughness should prove their own by asking Ray Lewis to pound them into the ground then pop right back up. Any QB who can last in this league and start for 10 years is one tough man.

  22. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 15, 2013 11:19 AM

    … By the way: The fact that so many are clamoring for Tebow over one of the all-time great QBs is a SAD commentary on the state of the NFL fandom….
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    Where on earth did you hear anyone clamoring for that?

  23. bobzilla1001 says:
    Aug 15, 2013 11:19 AM
    The Patriots have a backup QB who got a team to an AFC Championship Game? That is incorrect. You casuals are hilarious…
    By the way: The fact that so many are clamoring for Tebow over one of the all-time great QBs is a SAD commentary on the state of the NFL fandom.
    Never have so many watched something that they know so little about.

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    I don’t know…….I have a feeling not too many Roman citizens knew much about gladiators…..

  24. “Even if the knee injury is very minor, it’s somewhat surprising that the Patriots would put Brady on the field for a meaningless exhibition game just two days after he had to leave practice.”

    Maybe you hadn’t heard, but the Patriots are entering the season with a whole new set of offensive weapons. Anyone surprised that he’d want to be out their to continue to build a rapport with his new receivers…doesn’t know football, or the Patriots offensive schemes.

    This isn’t RG3 playing on a destroyed knee, it’s someone who tweaked their knee, but realizes his guys need the reps for the regular season.

  25. So begins Tom Brady being on the injury list week in and week out when nothing is wrong with him aside from all of the other bumps and bruises that everyone else has during the season.

  26. sbchampsagain says:

    Bad, knee that randomly gives out?

    Sure, lets play him ASAP!

    Sounds like Bellichick is taking coaching lessons from Shanahan again…

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    Brady’s had one knee injury in his 13-year career. This is the first time it’s been aggravated in 5 years. How do you see that it “randomly gives out”? Some people shouldn’t have access to computers.

  27. It’s not just the Patriots. Just about every team in the league is doomed if their starter goes down. Most teams are doomed with their current starters. Ryan Mallett is not a good quarterback, but could probably get the Patriots to the playoffs in a very bad AFC East. Love him or hate him, Tom Brady makes your NFL Sunday a bit more fun. I suppose if you’re not a real NFL fan, then you don’t care to see New England play Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Atlanta, and New Orleans with Brady. Those are all must watch games with Brady and who really cares without him. For what it’s worth, nobody, including Brady, will care when he breaks the silly Drew Brees consecutive game TD pass streak, but maybe it will attract some attention.

  28. Romans and gladiators?
    Great analogy!!!
    Knowledgeable NFL fans ought not be wishing or clamoring for Tebow to replace anyone, not even Ryan Mallett.
    I watched Skip Bayless this morning, and I’m kinda proud of myself. I only threw up twice…
    When a grown man — albeit a grown man who is more feminine than Carrie Champion — looks into a TV camera and whines: “I love me some Tom Brady,” I find that to be repulsive and creepy.
    Bayless, speaking on behalf of all the Tebowites, also hinted that excitement raced through him when Brady was “injured.” That’s called “clamoring.”
    The clamoring is being heard loud and clear. And Bellichick only has himself to blame.

  29. on the flip side….

    There ARE some teams that may benefit from having their starter go down before the season starts…

    I hope Ponder plays well this year, but I like our chances with Cassel just as well, if not better.

    You can never discount a back-up…. Look at Kaepernick.

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