After having knee surgery three months ago, Tom Brady is just about ready to start working on the field again.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Brady is expected to start throwing a football next week for the first time since his surgery in February. The Times isn't sure where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback will be doing his throwing, but they know who will probably be involved.
It’s uncertain whether those sessions — which are sure to include Bucs quarterbacks Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Griffin and Kyle Trask, and many of Brady’s receivers and tight ends — will be held at the AdventHealth Training facility, Berkeley Prep or somewhere else.
Brady looking forward to heathy season
You'd think that a quarterback who will be 44 in August would be familiar with playing through injuries that end up needing offseason surgery. But not Brady. On a recent podcast appearance, Brady said it took a lot of energy and focus for him to play through that knee injury during the 2020 season. Since the surgery — his first in over a decade — it's been a similarly intense experience going through the rehab process.
“I had a pretty serious knee surgery this offseason, which is the first surgery I’ve had in about 12 years,” Brady said on the podcast via the Tampa Bay Times. “I was really interested to see how it was going to go, because last year it just took a lot. Every week I was kind of tending to my knee, and I thought I would love to see a season where I can focus on some other strength stuff that I want to do, some other technique stuff where I’m not just focused on protecting my knee all the time.
“So It’s been pretty intense this offseason from that standpoint, because it’s been six and a half weeks that I’ve been dealing with the rehab process. The season went pretty long, obviously into February. It’s just now that I’m starting to feel like the offseason is happening. And I’m going to blink my eyes and the offseason is going to be over.”
Knowing that Brady was "tending to" his knee every week gives the 2020 season some new context. He didn't have an Aaron Rodgers MVP season, but he was certainly above average. In addition to that, Brady said that he was still trying to figure out how to call plays "midway through the year."
No wonder Brady is looking forward to a new season with all those problems in the rearview. However, Brady had knee problems and playbook issues and still led the Bucs to a Super Bowl last year. Unless he's forgotten how to play football, he could be absolutely lethal in 2021.
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