New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady went down and grabbed his left knee during 11-on-11 drills in a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
An MRI on Brady’s knee was negative and he is considered day to day, reports ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
The Patriots will re-examine Brady in the morning, he is likely to practice Thursday.
Brady was in a shotgun formation in his own red zone when he took the snap. He fired a pass downfield, and just as he did, left tackle Nate Solder was being pushed backwards into him by Bucs defense end Adrian Clayborn. Solder landed on top of Brady, who fell to the ground and rolled onto his back, immediately he clutched his left knee and remained on the ground for several moments.
“I bull rushed the tackle and apparently he tripped on Brady and fell on him,” Clayborn recalled.
“You always have to stay away from the quarterback,” Clayborn continued, “but if you get a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going. And that’s what I did.”
Solder said he would wait until he saw the film before explaining what went wrong.
“I don’t know what happened,” Solder said. “I’ll have to see it on film.”
“We’re always working to protect… you know, I screwed some things up here and there. We’ll work to improve it.”
Eventually, Brady limped to the sideline under his own power, missing one play before rejoining his team and completing three more passes. Following the drill, Brady spoke with coach Bill Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, then jogged off the field with head trainer Jim Whalen.
“Coach Belichick and I stressed to our teams: Let them throw the football,” Bucs coach Greg Schiano said. “Rush the passer, but go by them and don’t get around them. I can’t tell you [more] because I didn’t see what happened.”
Brady missed the 2008 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee in Week 1 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Patriots play the Buccaneers Friday night at Gillette Stadium.