New England quarterback Tom Brady tore two ligaments in his left knee and could
miss the entire season, The Boston Globe reported Wednesday.
Brady was apparently injured during the first quarter of a pre-season game Sunday against Tampa Bay and left the Patriots' practice Wednesday. The newspaper said an examination Wednesday indicated tears to both the anterior cruciate and medial cruciate ligaments of Brady's left knee.
It is the same knee Brady injury the first week of the 2008 season. He didn't play again that season.
The Globe said the usual treatment for the injuries is to wait for the MCL tear to heal -- generally 4-6 weeks -- and then have surgery to reconstruct the ACL. Brady is expected to have 6-9 months of rehabilitation after surgery.
Brady threw a single-season record 50 touchdown passes for New England last season. He has guided the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles and twice was voted the most valuable player of the Super Bowl.
Brady has been selected to the Pro Bowl eight times in his 13 seasons.
He has completed 3,798-of-5,958 passes (63.7 percent) for 44,806 yards and 334 touchdowns. The number of passing touchdowns is fifth-most all-time in the NFL and the yardage total is ninth-highest in league history.
The team had not posted any information on its website as of Wednesday afternoon regarding the report.
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