Tom Brady returns, Greg Schiano and Bucs relieved
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- All is well with the world. The sun rose today, and Tom Brady returned to practice.
That was the biggest takeaway from the final day of three days of joint practices between the Bucs and Patriots ahead of their exhibition game Friday night.
Brady survived a scare on Wednesday when his left tackle, Nate Solder, was pushed into Brady’s planted left leg by Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Brady fell to the turf in pain and clutched his knee, though an MRI exam conducted later showed no damage.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano, after reviewing film of the incident, didn’t completely absolve Clayborn, but he also stopped short of blaming him.
“It’s just unfortunate,” he said. “We talk all the time about letting (quarterbacks) throw (in practice) and the bull rush stuff,” Schiano said. “But I’m glad he’s okay. That’s one of the dangers. You keep warning them but it’s hard. Especially when they get competing with each other. We just try to prevent it as good as possible.”
Asked whether he thought Clayborn went too far, Schiano responded, “I just think everybody’s playing football. It’s not right or wrong. It’s an inherent risk in what we do. We try to be really smart with it. They try to be really smart with it. I think both teams got just a great three days of work.”
Brady seemed relatively unaffected today, wearing a brace on the knee but exhibiting no signs of limited mobility. He declined to speak with reporters after practice, but he took all the first-team snaps during the workout and is expected to play on Friday.