New England Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady, (kind of) injured his knee during an 11-on-11 drill during the Patriots joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Brady grabbed his knee and briefly stayed on the ground after throwing a pass to his rookie wide receiver Aaron Dobson. It was the same knee he had surgically repaired back in 2008.
The Patriots QB then walked to the sideline, ON HIS OWN, spoke with Coach Bill Belichick, Offensive Coordinator Josh McDaniels and the team’s head trainer.
After sitting out for just one play, Brady went back onto the field to finish the drill, resulting in loud cheers from the crowd.
Brady did end up leaving practice after a second short conversation with Coach Belichick and headed to the Trainers Room. But at no time was he limping or walking gingerly. In fact Brady jogged off the field. Backup quarterback, Ryan Mallett, then took over with the 1st team.
This is going to be the biggest NON-STORY of the week. Brady left for precautionary reasons. ESPN, NFL Network, and other media outlets will start firing up the conversation about Tim Tebow, Ryan Mallett, and the possibility of Tom Brady missing some time.
Don’t buy into it.
The same thing happened on Monday with Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles. The media expected the worst, claiming it was possibly another ACL injury for Charles but turned out to be a minor foot strain.
I love social media and the 24 hour news cycle, but as my friend Marcus Katkin pointed out on Twitter it is now “too easy for everyone to make every little tweak a “Breaking Story” during camps.” And that is exactly what is happening with Tom Brady and what already happened with Jamaal Charles.
Let’s take a breath and by the time we exhale, the Patriots will reveal Brady’s injury is nothing to worry about.