New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during training camp at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady expects to play tomorrow


The New England Patriots have survived a major injury scare after Tom Bradywent down with a knee injury yesterday, and it sounds like the injury he suffered his quite minor. Adrian Clayborn‘s exquisite bullrush on left tackle Nate Solder turned into a near-disaster, as Solder fell into Brady, thus causing an injury scare. Brady has a chance at practicing today, and the NFL Network’s Albert Breer reports that Tom Brady expects to play in tomorrow’s preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Breer reports that Brady only suffered a bone bruise and not a sprain, so it sounds like the Patriots have certainly avoided the worst possible scenario. The decision whether or not to actually play Brady in an exhibition game tomorrow is murkier, and Breer writes that it is an open question.

On the one hand, Brady is a star quarterback who doesn’t need the preseason reps and shouldn’t be risked in the slightest following an injury. His backups Ryan Mallett and Tim Tebow need the reps for their own reasons, and that could be incentive enough for the Patriots to decide to rest Brady against the Bucs.

However, the Patriots also have a crop of rookie receivers who need as many reps as possible with Tom Brady, who is going to be throwing them passes in the regular season. Although they would get the same number of reps with the backups, developing a rapport with Brady is one of the most important things for these rookies.

We’ll see what the Pats decide to do, but all we can say right now is “whew” and be glad that Brady is fine.




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  • Gary Wolff

    It was hard to see, but after watching that video circulating about 20 times, you could see Solders raked Brady’s knee with the bottom of his foot… So his cleats basically slammed into Brady’s knee, which is consistent with the ‘bone bruise’ diagnosis… Fortunately, Solder’s body did not fall into Brady’s leg…

    As far as the next game, sit him down. Get Mallet some quality time so we can then trade him for a high pick, and my prognostication of Tebow being the back up come true :-)

    As far as Solder, he’s been outstanding through out his first 2 seasons. And the first game this year against the Eagles, he dominated for the most part. So hopefully he gets love… You never hear his name because he does such a great job, and when you do, its the rare occasion Brady get’s roughed up.

    • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

      I agree, “sit him down”. Brady may be in great shape, but he is 36 years old…..call it a week and let him work with the rookies next week.

      Mallett needs to put quality work in with the offense, just in case…..you know what happens down the road.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I agree with both of you, no sense in playing Brady…give those reps to Mallett who needs to prove himself to both the Pats and, more importantly, potential suitors. As for Solder, he’s one of the better left tackles in the league, and I can definitely say that with conviction.

      • tony dorio

        This isn’t Brady’s first rodeo…sit him..can’t risk him getting hurt

        • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

          That’s a great way of putting it, Tony.