We now have more official word on the extent of Tom Brady's knee injury isn't as bad as it could have been. Multiple reports say that Brady merely sprained his knee, which should nag him, but won't cause him to miss much playing time like an ACL tear that ended his 2008 season.
Reports from Albert Breer:
Tests showed that Tom Brady has no structural damage, and that his previous ACL reconstruction was not compromised in any way. ....— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 14, 2013
... And the clean MRI means that Brady suffered no significant ligament damage. Doesn't mean it won't bother him, but should be fine.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 14, 2013
We had previously heard reports that Brady's injury was "not serious," and this confirms that. Will Carroll, aka @injuryexpert, indicates that the injury is a "low grade" sprain with bruising.
There's no word from the team on Brady's status, although it wouldn't be surprising if he sat out of the team's Friday night game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But it seems like Brady should be good to go for the regular season, although he might have to play through a bit of pain. So Pats fans don't have to worry about whether Ryan Mallett -- or Tim Tebow, gulp -- is good enough to get the team to the playoffs. Maybe Vegas can bump the Patriots' Super Bowl odds back up again after a brief scare.