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Tom Brady returns to Patriots practice on Thursday

08.15.13 at 2:14 pm ET

FOXBORO — After going down in a heap on Wednesday, immediately inducing panic throughout Patriot Nation, Tom Brady was back on the practice field on Thursday for the beginning of practice on Thursday, calming the fears of most fans.

Brady jogged onto field to applause at start of Patriots practice. He was wearing a knee brace on the left knee that was hit the day before.

On Wednesday, Brady fell backwards and immediately clutched his left knee, the same knee that was surgically repaired after he tore his ACL in the 2008 season opener. His left tackle, Nate Solder, tripped over him after being bull-rushed by Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn.

Brady and the Patriots were only in shorts and shells as they held the third of three joint practices with the Buccaneers.

After limping off the field Wednesday, Brady returned for five snaps before leaving for good to have an MRI. The MRI revealed no structural damage, with numerous reports indicating that he had only a bruise and a sprain to the left knee.

Brady reportedly told those close to him that he intended on practicing Thursday and playing in the team’s second preseason game Friday night against Tampa Bay at Gillette Stadium.

The day before a game is usually a light walkthrough, and the Patriots and Buccaneers were scheduled only to practice against each other for two hours.

Read More: 2013 training camp, Adrian Clayborn, Nate Solder, New England Patriots



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