Tom Brady Diagnosed with Knee Sprain, Status Uncertain for Friday

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The New England Patriots escaped a close call yesterday when quarterback Tom Brady injured his left knee during day two of joint practices with the Buccaneers — an injury that turned out to be a sprain, according to the AP and multiple media reports.

His status for Friday night’s nationally-televised game against the Bucs remains unclear. Because it is the preseason, NFL teams are not required to issue injury reports.

It is the same knee in which Brady suffered a torn ACL during week one of the 2008 season, forcing him to miss all 15 remaining games.

The injury Wednesday came as a result of Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn bull-rushing offensive tackle Nate Solder, who fell into Brady.

Bucs head coach Greg Schiano said yesterday that he did not see the play occur but did see Brady on the field clutching his knee after.

“Coach Belichick and I, we stress to our teams ‘let them throw the football. Rush the passer, but go by him. Don’t get around him.’ I can’t tell you [about this situation], because I didn’t see what happened, but I’ll look at it on tape. I hope he’s ok.”

Brady left the field for one play before returning for a series and completing three passes. After a discussion on the sidelines with head coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel, he left the field to be examined by the training staff.

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