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Tom Brady goes down in Bucs-Patriots workout



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady left today’s joint practice with the Bucs with a left knee injury after offensive tackle Nate Solder was thrown into him by a Bucs defender.

The Tampa Bay player, right defensive end Adrian Clayborn, was locked in a battle with Solder and pushed Solder as Brady released a thrown downfield. That’s when Solder fell into Brady’s planted left leg, the same one in which he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2008 and missed the entire regular season.

“I bullrushed the tackle and he hit Tom Brady and fell on him,” Clayborn said. “This feels like an interrogation.”

Asked for additional details, he said, “I wasn’t paying attention at all. I was just doing what I was supposed to do.”

Early reports were positive, indicating a negative MRI. But Brady fell to the ground and clutched his knee in pain, then left the field momentarily before returning for several more snaps. After he continued to appear as if he was in pain, trainers approached Brady and then escorted him inside the team’s training facility.

The Patriots offered no immediate update on Brady’s health, meaning tensions were high among New England fans as the three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback’s status remained unknown.

Safety was a key aspect of the Bucs’ and Patriots’ agreement to work together this week. Though the team’s wear different colors, there has been no live tackling and a limited amount of contact.

Bucs coach Greg Schiano and Patriots coach Bill Belichick made it known excessive physicality wouldn’t be tolerated.

“Coach Belichick and I stressed to our teams to let (the quarterbacks) throw the ball,” Schiano said. “Rush the passer but don’t get around him. I can’t tell you because I didn’t see what happened. I’ll look at it on tape. I hope he’s okay.”

Quarterbacks are considered off limits in any NFL practice setting, thus the reason for their bright-colored jerseys that signify that they are not to be hit.



[Last modified: Friday, August 16, 2013 8:31am]


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