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In a scary sight for Patriot fans Wednesday afternoon, quarterback Tom Brady was forced to leave practice early with what appeared to be a left knee injury. Pro Football Talk later reported Brady suffered a minor knee sprain and he will be day-to-day.
On what was a beautiful day in Foxboro, the Patriots were holding joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During an 11-on-11 drill, the crowd of about 10,000 fans went silent as Brady was seen going down with an apparent knee injury after throwing an incomplete pass to rookie receiver Aaron Dobson, forcing him to leave practice.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com, Brady, who usually gets right up after a play, stayed on the ground for five to ten seconds. It is unclear at this point whether Brady was hit on the play or if he fell on his own. Some are reporting Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn pushed offensive lineman Nate Solder into Brady. Reiss reports Brady was on the ground and clutching his left leg, rubbing the lower part of his leg and the knee area. The severity of the injury is also unknown at this time.
Brady limped off the field under his own power, jogging lightly, and returned a play later to complete the drill. However, after the drill, Brady huddled with head coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, and head trainer Jim Whalen and it was determined Brady was done with practice and would not continue.
On a bright note, Brady jogged off the field under his own power. We are all hoping the Patriots are just taking extra caution with their Hall-of-Fame quarterback and we will see Brady back on the field tomorrow because if not, we could all be bracing ourselves for Tim Tebow. Not good!