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Brady back at practice after hurting knee

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears a brace on his left knee as he warms up during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears a brace on his left knee as he warms up during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New Engladn Patriots coach Bill Belichick, left, talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano during a joint workout at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New Engladn Patriots coach Bill Belichick, left, talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano during a joint workout at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis runs through drills during the Buccaneers' joint workout with the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis runs through drills during the Buccaneers' joint workout with the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, center, talks with quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Ryan Mallett (15) during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, center, talks with quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Ryan Mallett (15) during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder walks off the practice field following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. On Wednesday, Solder was pushed into quarterback Tom Brady, who sprained his knee. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder walks off the practice field following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. On Wednesday, Solder was pushed into quarterback Tom Brady, who sprained his knee. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • Gisele Bundchen comforts her son Benjamin after he was hurt playing football, following a joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    Gisele Bundchen comforts her son Benjamin after he was hurt playing football, following a joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his sons, John, on ground, and Benjamin, following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his sons, John, on ground, and Benjamin, following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waits as his sons, John Moynahan, center, and Benjamin Brady, left, run to him following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waits as his sons, John Moynahan, center, and Benjamin Brady, left, run to him following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his son Benjamin following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his son Benjamin following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears a brace on his left knee as he warms up during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New Engladn Patriots coach Bill Belichick, left, talks with Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano during a joint workout at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis runs through drills during the Buccaneers' joint workout with the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, center, talks with quarterbacks Tom Brady (12) and Ryan Mallett (15) during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots left tackle Nate Solder walks off the practice field following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. On Wednesday, Solder was pushed into quarterback Tom Brady, who sprained his knee. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • Gisele Bundchen comforts her son Benjamin after he was hurt playing football, following a joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his sons, John, on ground, and Benjamin, following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady waits as his sons, John Moynahan, center, and Benjamin Brady, left, run to him following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady plays with his son Benjamin following the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass during the Patriots' joint workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at NFL football training camp, in Foxborough, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady looks just fine. His fans and teammates are relieved.

The key to the success of the New England Patriots participated fully in the team’s walkthrough yesterday. He jogged with other players at the start. He dropped back normally to throw passes. And he didn’t limp.

An alarming situation – he left Wednesday’s practice with an apparent left knee injury – was just a false alarm.

“I’m good,” was all Brady told waiting media members as he walked off the practice field yesterday after removing the black brace he wore during the workout. “You can all go home.”

Then, after signing some autographs and posing for pictures, the star quarterback walked back into Gillette Stadium where he may or may not play in tonight’s exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick didn’t speak with reporters after the third and final day of joint practices with the Buccaneers.

Brady was knocked down by left tackle Nate Solder after releasing a pass midway through Wednesday’s session. Solder had been pushed into Brady by Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn. A person with knowledge of the situation said Brady sprained his left knee and an MRI was negative. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Patriots did not make an announcement about Brady’s health.

But players knew quickly that their two-time league MVP was okay.

“Right after practice, actually. We got the news pretty quick,” running back Stevan Ridley said. “It was a scary moment, but really, with Tom, I know he’s a competitor and he’s going to do whatever to get him out there. I’m just glad they took him out, checked him out and made sure he was good. So … my heart’s at peace knowing that he’s OK and knowing that nothing major’s going on.”

Brady suffered a season-ending injury to the same knee in the 2008 opener but hasn’t missed a game since that year.

“That’s our leader, man,” Ridley said. “We ride with Tom Brady all the way and anytime you see somebody go down like that, kind of everything stops in front of you. But, for us, we just have to move on and hope for the best and that’s what we did and we found out later that day at team meetings that he was okay and that was all the news that we needed to know, that our quarterback was going to be with us.”

For a while, with no information coming out, fans wondered if Brady was hurt badly. Many of them expressed their concerns on Twitter.

“I think there were a lot of fans at home probably pulling out their hair,” safety Devin McCourty said.

It was a big story until reports surfaced that the injury wasn’t serious.

“I think you guys had more communication and more opinions than we did,” McCourty told reporters. “We actually got to see him in the locker room and all that, so it wasn’t as crazy as, I think, the media made it seem.”

Solder even had a restful night, despite his role.

“I didn’t let it affect my sleep,” he said. “It’s part of the game.”

The brace Brady wore yesterday was heavier than the one he had on a day earlier and similar to what he wears in games. He moved smoothly through the slow-speed walkthrough.

During a hurry-up drill, Brady dropped back and completed two passes to tight end Zach Sudfeld and one to Aaron Dobson against minimal coverage. There was no sign that his knee was hindering him.

After practice, he spent about a half hour on the field with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, their son Benjamin, 3, and Brady’s son Jack with actress Bridget Moynahan. He turns 6 on Wednesday.

She threw a pass to her husband. He ran with his children. Jack threw the ball to her.

Then Brady walked the length of the field and past the cameras and reporters, with a football tucked under his left arm and a steady stride.

Belichick will decide whether he plays tonight. It’s only an exhibition game, but Ridley said it matters whether Brady plays or not.

“It’s all a different ballgame when Brady’s in the game,” Ridley said. “I think it matters for everybody who’s watching sports as well as the team that’s out there on the field.”

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