Pats owner talked Brady into wearing knee brace
So, Brady has been wearing a knee brace ever since, even though he insisted that the extent of the injury was overblown. Brady credited Patriots owner Robert Kraft for talking him into wearing the brace.
"Mr. Kraft felt pretty strongly about me wearing it," Brady told a group of reporters on Monday. "He said, 'What's the problem?' I said, 'I'll wear it. I'll wear it.'"
Immediately after Brady’s knee scare, in last Wednesday’s joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fans started picturing the worst. Additionally, the team remaining tight lipped on the injury details did little to calm the fan’s jitters. Brady said that the injury probably gained so much attention since it happened during the team’s second-to-last practice of the preseason that was open to the public and media, and everybody was rushing to jump to conclusions.
“If that was a Wednesday or Thursday practice during the regular season, you’d probably never hear anything about it,” Brady said. “I felt bad it caused more of a media story than it actually was worth…. There're a lot worse injuries that I've had and a lot of guys have played with far worse.”
Brady also said that he knew the injury wasn’t going to be serious “as soon as I got inside and had our trainers get a chance to look at it.” Even though Brady also had a precautionary MRI that showed no structural damage, he opted to wear the knee brace in the very next practice, and participated fully.
The two-time NFL MVP previously suffered a season-ending injury in the same knee during 2008. Brady tore the ACL in his left knee during the week 1 of that season, which prematurely ended his 2008 campaign. But Brady hasn’t missed a game since.
“I'm just lucky to be out here,” Brady said. “After what happened to me in 2008, I love coming out to practice and playing and nothing is as exciting as that for me."
Despite the recent knee injury, Brady played the first two series in the team’s second-preseason game on Friday, leading the Patriots offense to a 25-21 win against the Buccaneers. Brady completed his first 1 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown before misfiring on his last throw in the game. Overall in the preseason, Brady had completed 19-of-20 of his passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.