By Kevin Saleeba
FOXBORO – The sky is falling in New England and it landed on Tom Brady’s left knee. The injury occurred during a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday afternoon.
During 11-on-11 drills, Brady attempted a pass down the right sideline to rookie receiver Aaron Dobson. On the play, Bucs defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn bull-rushed left tackle Nate Solder. After Brady released the ball, Clayborn continued driving his legs, causing Solder to fall back into Brady’s left knee. The impact caused Brady to hit the turf. When the dust cleared, the Patriots franchise quarterback was holding his knee.
Brady did get up and carefully walked off the field with a noticeable, but minor limp. Brady was seen speaking to Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels on the sideline while backup quarterback Ryan Mallett took some snaps. Brady returned to the field and ran a few more plays before leaving the field for good. Brady walked with a trainer unassisted to the practice bubble located adjacent to the outdoor practice fields.
Following the joint practice, Solder spoke to the media. “I’m always looking to protect,” he said. “I’m going to have to look at the film to see what happened.”
It did not appear that there was any malice intended by Clayborn on the play. However, he was swarmed by the media after the practice. “My instinct is to keep going and that’s what I did,” he said about the bull-rush on Solder. “Is this an interrogation?”
Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said he did not see the play, but never intended for Brady to get hurt. “Coach Belichick and I stress to our teams to let (the quarterback) throw the football. Rush the passer, but go by him. Don’t get around him. I’ll look at it on tape. I hope he’s ok.”
Team President Jonathan Kraft later told a local radio station “I don’t believe it’s serious, but I do not know.”
Brady tore the ACL of his left knee in first quarter of the first game in 2008. That injury caused him to miss the entire season.
According to NFL Insider Adam Schefter via Twitter, MRI results on Brady’s knee were negative and he will be re-examined in the morning, but one source told him that Brady is likely to practice Thursday.
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Kevin Saleeba is a frequent contributor and columnist to Patriots Insider. A former beat writer for local media, Kevin has extensive knowledge of the team and experience covering the Patriots. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinSaleeba
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