While avoiding specifics and not providing a timetable to return from his left knee injury, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was a guest on a Toronto sports radio station yesterday and said his rehabilitation was "going really well."
"Anyone who has come back from injuries that require surgery, it's just a process," Brady told Fan 590. "There are some good days, some bad days, and you just have to keep plugging through them. That's life.
"Things come up and you just have to focus your energy and attention on all the positive things that you can gain. It tests you in a lot of ways. I'm excited about the process, I'm excited about the work."
At one point, Brady uttered an expletive when asked what it was like to spend virtually all of the 2008 season on the sideline.
"You play this game long enough and [bleep] happens, so to speak," he answered. "The reality is that it happens to everybody. I'm at a new part of my career and a different process that I'm excited about - rehabilitation and different challenges. The tough part is that you're not experiencing something you love to do."
Brady said he watched every game, calling himself "the biggest cheerleader for our team." At the end of the interview, he was posed a question about the Patriots losing key personnel, such as offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli.
"There is change every year and I think you have to get used to that in the NFL," he said. "You look at Tony Dungy, for the Colts, the head coach, he retired . . . Every team deals with it. We dealt with it about three or four years ago with our two coordinators, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. Eric Mangini left. This year, it's different defections.
"It's the responsibility of the people who are still with the Patriots to worry about the Patriots. As long as we have Robert and Jonathan Kraft, and as long as we have Coach [Bill ] Belichick, I would think we're going to be just fine."
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