August 15, 2013

Brady practices, shows no ill effects

Paatriots quarterback Tom Brady jogs, drops back to pass and doesn't limp after an apparent knee injury that had fans anxious.

By HOWARD ULMAN The Associated Press

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Tom Brady did wear a knee brace at practice Thursday, but it was a similar brace to the one he wears in games and heavier than the one he wore Wednesday after spraining his left knee. The MRI was negative.

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Quarterback Tom Brady grabs his left knee after an apparent injury Wednesday during a joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at training camp in Foxborough, Mass.

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FRIDAY'S GAME

WHO: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New England Patriots

WHEN: 8 p.m.

WHERE: Gillette Stadium

TELEVISION: FOX

After practice, he spent about a half hour on the field with his wife, the supermodel Gisele Bundchen, their son Benjamin, 3, and Brady's son Jack, with the actress Bridget Moynahan. He turns 6 on Wednesday.

She threw a pass to her husband. He ran with his children. Jack threw the ball to her.

Then Brady walked the length of the field and past the cameras and reporters, with a football tucked under his left arm and a steady stride.

Belichick will decide whether he plays Friday night. It's only an exhibition game but Ridley said it matters whether Brady plays or not.

"It's all a different ballgame when Brady's in the game," Ridley said.

"I think it matters for everybody who's watching sports as well as the team that's out there on the field."

TAMPA BAY offensive guard Carl Nicks is looking forward to playing his first game since missing the last nine in 2012 with a toe injury.

That could happen Friday night when the Buccaneers play the New England Patriots in an exhibition game.

Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano said he won't be overly cautious in deciding whether to use the former All-Pro against the Patriots. He said he wants to see how Nicks feels before making a decision.

Nicks believes he'll play but said it's hard to gauge how far he's come back from the injury after playing only one or two series.

THE PATRIOTS cut veteran wide receiver Michael Jenkins.

They also released offensive lineman Kevin Haslam and placed offensive lineman Tyronne Green on injured reserve. Both were longshots to make the team.

The Patriots signed Jenkins on March 28 as a free agent from the Minnesota Vikings, where he spent the past two seasons. He played the first seven seasons of his nine-year career with the Atlanta Falcons.

In 130 NFL games, Jenkins had 354 catches for 4,427 yards and 25 touchdowns. Last season he had 40 receptions for 447 yards and two touchdowns. The Falcons drafted him with the 29th pick in the first round in 2004.

Haslam spent last season with San Diego after two with Jacksonville.

Green played the last four seasons with the San Diego Chargers.

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his son Benjamin Thursday following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp in Foxborough, Mass.

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Tom Brady waits as his sons, John Moynahan, center, and Benjamin Brady, left, run to him following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday.

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Gisele Bundchen comforts her son Benjamin after he was hurt playing football, following a joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday.



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