Patriots’ Betting Odds Return in Vegas After Brady Knee Injury

Las Vegas sportbooks resumed taking wagers on New England Patriots’ games, less than 24 hours after taking down betting lines following a knee injury to quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady, a two-time National Football League Most Valuable Player who missed almost all of the 2008 season with a left knee injury, will be back at practice today after leaving yesterday’s workouts with a sprained left knee, ESPN reported.

A scan on the knee showed no ligament damage, ESPN said, and Brady plans to play in a preseason game tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, pending a follow-up examination, ESPN reported, citing unidentified people close to the situation.

The Las Vegas Hotel’s Super Book was among the sports books in Nevada and online that took down many betting lines on the Patriots yesterday following Brady’s injury. Among the lines that are back up -- with no change -- are the Patriots’ estimated season win total of 11 and the point spread for their regular-season opening game against the Buffalo Bills, in which New England is listed as a 7-point favorite.

Brady, a three-time Super Bowl winner, was hurt yesterday in a joint practice with the Buccaneers 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, 36, was the reigning league MVP on Sept. 8, 2008, when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first quarter of the Patriots’ regular-season opener. A year after going 16-0 in the regular season, the Patriots went 11-5 without Brady and missed the playoffs.

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