It was a day that Pats fans had waited a long time for – Tom Brady back on the practice field with his teammates. The Patriots franchise QB was on the field Tuesday, taking part in drills for the first time with the club since suffering a season-ending knee injury in last year’s opening game.
It was the first practice for the Patriots of a four session OTA. Last weeks OTA that was held for young players and others signed as free agents in the offseason saw about 50 players show up.
Brady is trying to make it all the way back after surgery on October 6th of last year and a subsequent operation for an infection in the knee. All signs are pointing to him being ready to go for New England when they open up the 2009 season at home against the Buffalo Bills on September 14th.
In an interview for this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, Brady said he has no pain or restrictions in his movement – “I’ll be ready to play, back to playing normally, when the season starts. I’ve done everything I could to push myself, sometimes too hard. Right now, I’m doing everything. Literally everything. There’s nothing I can’t do.”
Brady also spoke to “Patriots Today,” the team’s in-house internet show last week, and seems ready to roll for another big season. “I’m feeling great and just excited to be out there on the field, training with my teammates,” Brady said. “It’s always fun being back in this competitive environment and working with these guys to try to make 2009 our best season. It’s been fun to be back.”