Tampa’s Adrian Clayborn says his bull rush made Nate Solder ‘trip’ on Tom Brady
|08.14.13 at 4:57 pm ET|
FOXBORO — Tampa Bay right defensive end Adrian Clayborn said after Wednesday’s joint practice with the Patriots that he and New England left tackle Nate Solder got tangled up, and in the ensuing scrum, Solder was the one who collapsed into quarterback Tom Brady.
“I bull rushed the tackle and apparently he tripped on Brady and fell on him,” Clayborn said.
“You always have to stay away from the quarterback, but if you get a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going. And that’s what I did.”
The Patriots quarterback was leading an 11-on-11 drill roughly midway through the practice session when he went down after attempting a pass to receiver Aaron Dobson against the Tampa Bay defense. Brady lay on the ground for a few seconds before slowly walking off. He spent a few moments on the sidelines, flexing his knee, and returned to practice for a few more snaps before disappearing from the sideline — Brady and New England trainer Jim Whalen appeared to duck into the Dana-Farber Fieldhouse, next to the practice field.
Asked what he’s thinking when he sees a quarterback go down like that, Clayborn offered a simple answer.
“Hopefully, he gets back up,” he said.
“Coach Belichick and I, we stress to our teams ‘Let them throw the football — rush the passer, but go by them. Don’t get [near] them.’ I cant tell you (what happened) because I didn’t see what happened, but I’ll look at it on tape,” said Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. “I hope he’s OK.”
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