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Patriots training camp overreaction: Tom Brady injured? Patriots season is over!

Posted by Erik Frenz  August 14, 2013 06:14 PM

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — If you were witness to Thursday's practice, you may have seen some guy named Tom Brady go down to the ground, holding his left knee in pain after left tackle Nate Solder was bull-rushed by Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn right into Brady's lap, and subsequently his knee.

Brady limped to the sideline where he would watch the next play. He entered the action again for five more plays, three of them passes (all were on-target), and continued to look at his knee as he walked toward the next play after each one. He then left the field, headed toward the practice bubble out of sight. A helicopter showed up, and chaos ensued.

Prevailing thought? The Patriots season is over. They might as well not even play a single game! Now, where's that sarcasm font when you need it?

The feeling after practice was unsettled. Most Patriots players were quiet. One player gave an interview that lasted 42 seconds and three questions. Solder was clearly upset by what had happened.

"We're always working to protect and everything," Solder said. "I'll have to see what happened on film. I screwed some things up here and there, and we'll work to improve it."

One thing the Patriots could have to improve, though, is the play from their backup quarterbacks.

Ryan Mallett is still showing signs of his inexperience, with up-and-down performances throughout camp. He looked shaky yet again in practice Wednesday, continuing an up-and-down training camp by going 8-for-17 with a touchdown an an interception.

Tim Tebow has struggled throwing the ball for the most part to this point, both in practices and in games. He was part of the play of the day Wednesday, when he threw a long pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman which was bobbled by the receiver before being caught in the back of the end zone.

But talk of Mallett and Tebow may be premature. It looks like the Patriots may have dodged a real bullet here according to Dan Roche of WBZ News:

Oh, and then this from Adam Schefter of ESPN:

So, it would appear for now, the Patriots season is not over yet.

No one is going to argue that the Patriots are a better team without Brady under center, but they have some tools for success besides the quarterback: A running game that scored the most touchdowns and rushed for the seventh-most yards in the league in 2012; an offensive line that allowed Brady to be pressured on just 25 percent of his drop-backs; a defense that, with more experience as a unit, could be even better than last year, when it ranked ninth in scoring.

All of that being said, you can bet there are more updates to come, and Patriots fans will continue to hold their collective breath until they see Brady on the field throwing passes comfortably to his receivers again.


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