Step away from the ledge, Patriots fans. All early indicators are that Tom Brady's knee injury is not as bad as many worried, and that New England will avoid catastrophe.
ESPN's Adam Schefter:
MRI on Patriots QB Tom Brady's knee was negative and he now is considered day to day, per ESPN source with knowledge of injury.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 14, 2013
After Brady went down on a play in a scrimmage against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Wednesday, the sky seemed to be falling -- sportsbooks even dropped the Patriots' odds, and Pats Pulpit pressed the panic button.
The fear looks like it was premature: a source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the injury was "not serious," owner Jonathan Kraft said he believed the injury was "not that serious." Dan Roche of Boston CBS affiliate WBZ reported the injury was a knee sprain, which can be bothersome but is nowhere near as drastic as a ligament tear, such as the injury to the same knee that ended Brady's 2008 season.
There's still no official word from the team on his status or whether he'll be available to play Thursday night against the Buccaneers, but it looks like Bill Belichick's squad can breathe a sigh of relief.
So, no, it is not Tebow Time.