After Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a torn ACL to start the 2008 regular season, he began to wear a knee brace on his left leg. For right-handed quarterbacks, that’s the leg most exposed to contact when a quarterback steps into a throws.
Brady felt so strongly about it that he advised other quarterbacks, like former Patriots backup Brian Hoyer, to wear a brace.
But Brady didn’t feel strongly enough about it to wear a knee brace on his left leg during Wednesday’s practice with the Buccaneers. The knee was protected, per Tom Curran of CSNNE.com during Thursday’s PFT Live, with only a compression sleeve.
And so the Pats and Brady dodged a cannonball on Wednesday. Moving forward, look for Brady to wear the brace at all times — when playing, practicing, jogging, walking, and pretty much any other human behavior that ends with an -ing.