Brady out at Patriots practice in shells, shorts

Brady out at Patriots practice in shells, shorts
August 15, 2013, 2:00 pm
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Tom Brady was greeted warmly by fans when he returned to the practice field one day after hurting his left knee.

He is sporting a knee brace, a new addition since Brady left Wednesday's practice after tackle Nate Solder was pushed back into Brady and apparently injuring the Patriots quarterback.

Brady is in shells and shorts and is wearing the red non-contact jersey he typically wears during practices.

When practice got underway, he spent time stretching prior to taking some throws. He jogged from sideline to sideline with his teammates at the start of practice and appeared to be running normally.

After Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn knocked Solder into Brady on Wednesday, Brady fell down and left the field briefly. He returned for several more plays before walking off the field under his own power.
   
In his absence, Ryan Mallett played with the first offensive unit and Tim Tebow quarterbacked the second team.

Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran reported that Brady had an MRI done, which came back negative.

The New England Patriots quarterback is taking part in the third day of joint practices with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It isn't known if he'll play Friday night when the teams meet in a pre-season game.

Reporters are not allowed to tweet live updates of practice, but we will have more on Brady's day out on the field as the afternoon progresses.