By: Ian Logue
Tom Brady showed no ill-effects in Friday night’s game following last week’s injury scare. (USA TODAY Images)
Last week’s knee injury to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady happened in front of thousands of fans and media, and then induced panic and went to another level when the video of it hit the internet for the rest of the world to see.
Brady ended up back at practice the next day and played in Friday night’s win over Tampa Bay, but didn’t speak to the media following the game. However, in his weekly radio appearance on WEEI Brady addressed the incident and downplayed it, saying that he felt bad that it became more of it than it was.
Brady said that had it happened during practice over the regular season – where practices are closed to fans and media – it may have never even become a headline.
“If that was a Wednesday or Thursday practice during the regular season, you’d probably never hear anything about it,” Brady said. “I felt bad it caused more of a media story than it actually was worth of. We were just trying to be smart.”
Brady didn’t miss a beat during his time on the field Friday night and showed no ill-effects, hitting his first 11 passes as he finished 11-of-12 for 107 yards and a touchdown. Some had thought that Brady might not play as a precaution, but Brady admitted that there’s a benefit to these preseason games in terms of preparing for the regular season and he wants to be out there.
“It’s your only game prep,” said Brady. “I haven’t taken a hit in eight months.”
“It’s just hard to say, ‘Well, let’s just see what happens against Buffalo. You’ve got to put it in and see where you’re at and see the game speed and the reads. One play in a regular season game can cost you, so you’ve got to try to work those kinks out as best you can before the season starts.”