Tom Brady escapes serious injury to his knee

8:49 PM, Aug 14, 2013   |    comments
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off the field during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Philadelphia. Brady injured his knee in practice Wednesday. (Photo: Matt Rourke, AP)
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) -- The New England Patriots got a scare Wednesday when quarterback Tom Brady hurt his left knee during a pile up in a joint scrimmage with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.

During full team work, Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn bull-rushed Patriots left tackle Nate Solder into the side of Brady's left leg as Brady was throwing. All three players hit the turf. Brady rocked backward on the ground holding his knee. He was, however, able to get up and limp off the field under his own power.

He returned for a few more plays before talking with coach Bill Belichick and leaving the field for good with trainers.

An MRI on Brady's knee showed no structural damage, a person with knowledge of the exam told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition on anonymity since the Patriots did not publicly reveal the results. Brady is considered day-to-day with a mild sprain.

Brady tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the 2008 season opener and missed the rest of the season, but he's played every game since then.

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