Brady will be bracing for the future

Brady will be bracing for the future
August 19, 2013, 6:15 pm
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FOXBORO – Tom Brady wasn’t wearing a knee brace last week when he got dinged during practice and had to depart.

Seems like he’ll be doing so from now on.

“I just have never really worn it for practice,” Brady explained when asked why he was wearing just a neoprene sleeve. “I had it today so everyone was pleased.”

And by everyone, he meant right up to the owner.

“Mr. Kraft felt pretty strongly about me wearing it,” Brady explained. “He said, ‘what’s the problem?’ I said, ‘I’ll wear it. I’ll wear it.’ Sometimes when you wear the brace a lot then you get used to wearing the brace. I like to keep a nice strong leg. If it wasn’t strong, then something bad would have happened.”

Brady had some initial trepidation about the knee which was dinged against the Bucs last Wednesday. But by Monday he seemed a little embarrassed by the attention.

“There’re a lot worse injuries that I’ve had and a lot of guys have played with far worse,” he insisted. “Like I said, I felt bad that it got the attention that it did because a lot of guys deal with a lot of stuff on a daily basis. I’m just lucky to be out here. After what happened to me in 2008, I love coming out to practice and playing and nothing is as exciting as that for me, so I take every day and I enjoy it because there is no place I’d rather be.”

Brady said he was inundated with calls and emails the day of the injury. That word of an injury spread like wildfire was beyond his control, he said.  

“I hate to (leave practice) because I don’t want to make a big fuss about it,” he said. “But at that time I didn’t have too much of a choice, so you just roll with it. It wasn’t my decision. It’s nice to go out there and play and go out and play against a good team in Tampa. We had good days of practice and now we come back to our own practices and get focused on Detroit because that's kind of what we have to do now. It was a good day of practice and everyone’s getting into game mode. It’s been fun to play two back-to-back games and we’ve got another one that's happening quickly on a short week. I'm excited to get out there and play.”