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.