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Patriots Quarterback Brady Sprains Knee in Practice, ESPN Says

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Aug. 15 (Bloomberg) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady may return to action today after spraining his left knee in a preseason scrimmage, ESPN reported.

Brady, 36, the two-time National Football League Most Valuable Player who missed almost all of the 2008 season with a left knee injury, stayed on the ground for several seconds and held the knee after being knocked down during a drill against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday.

He limped to the sideline for one play before returning to complete the drill. After talking with coach Bill Belichick, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and trainer Jim Whalen, Brady jogged off the field.

A scan on the knee showed no ligament damage and Brady is likely to return to practice today, ESPN reported, quoting a person with knowledge of the injury who requested anonymity.

Brady’s early departure from practice led the LVH Super Book in Las Vegas to take some Patriots bets off the board. Assistant manager Jeff Sherman said the only bets on New England still available last night were for American Football Conference and Super Bowl championships, while wagers such as how many games the Patriots will win this season were halted.

“It looks like it won’t be too long ’til we put it back up,” Sherman said last night in a telephone interview, “since he might practice tomorrow.”

Video taken by a fan showed that Brady was hurt when Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn pushed Patriots offensive tackle Nate Solder into the side of the quarterback’s left leg as Brady was throwing.

Brady was the reigning league MVP on Sept. 8, 2008, when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the knee during the first quarter of the Patriots’ regular-season opener.

The Patriots signed free agent Tim Tebow in June to be a backup to Brady, while quarterback Ryan Mallett is also on the roster. Yesterday was Tebow’s 26th birthday.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net