Initial fears that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may have suffered a serious leg injury have subsided in light of numerous followup reports that the injury is not that serious.
CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora tweeted, “Initial tests indicate Tom Brady’s knee sprain not serious. Patriots will continue to monitor it.”
The Boston Herald reported that the Patriots “won’t know for a couple days” how long Brady will be out of practice, but given we’re only one game into the preseason, it doesn’t appear the Patriots are overly worried about Brady’s injury at this point.
Patriots president Jonathan Kraft said on a local radio station just a couple hours after Brady went down that “I’m under the impression that it’s probably not that serious, but that’s not a definitive answer.”
Brady suffered the leg injury after throwing a pass, according to multiple reports.
Brady was not hit but fell on the ground before getting up. He then moved tentatively off the field without assistance to meet with coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and trainers before walking to an indoor practice facility.
In 2008, Brady suffered a left knee injury in the opening game against the Kansas City Chiefs that forced him to miss the rest of the season.
The Patriots were hosting a joint practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On Tuesday, Belichick refused to say whether quarterback Tim Tebow would make the team’s roster.
“That’s not anything we’re ready to talk about right now,” Belichick said. “There’s a lot of competition out there. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
In New England’s first preseason game, Tebow completed four of 12 passes for 55 yards Friday during a 31-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He also ran four times for 31 yards.
Tebow told USA Today that he’s working hard in his bid to survive the cut.
“I’m trying to improve every day, trying to grow,” Tebow told the newspaper. “You’ve got great coaches around you, great players around you and that’s the goal is to get better. Being able to watch a great one (Tom Brady) every day, be around him. He’s not only a great quarterback, he’s a great guy, too. He’s fun to be around as well.”
Belichick acknowledged that Tebow has shown improvement since the beginning of camp.
“I’d say every player that’s been out there has improved, that includes everybody,” Belichick said. “That’s what training camp is for. If we’re out there every day and we’re not improving, then that’s really not good. I would say that about every player that’s had a chance to get out there and participate on a regular basis, that they’ve all improved a great deal.”
NFL NOTEBOOK: New York Jets coach Rex Ryan was brutally honest in his assessment of rookie quarterback Geno Smith’s training camp performance on Wednesday. Smith, who suffered an ankle injury in last Friday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions, was intercepted four times during practice, with three coming during 11-on-11 drills. “It was brutal. It was Geno’s worst day. I think, and obviously, the ankle’s part of it, but … way too many picks and things,” Ryan said. “Did not look comfortable today. Obviously, he has to come back from it, he will come back from it. “It was a bad day. Everybody, we’ve seen it, guys have bad days. But this was a really bad day for Geno.” Test results showed that Smith sustained no major damage to his right ankle, but when he returned to practice this week, it was heavily taped and limited his mobility. Ryan said there is a chance that Smith could miss Saturday’s preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If that’s the case, Mark Sanchez would start.