Tom Brady says he's done more this offseason, a year after MCL surgery

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TAMPA, Fla. — First things first. How are you feeling physically, Tom Brady?

It’s been a year since Bucs quarterback Tom Brady had surgery to repair the MCL tear in his left knee that he suffered during the 2019 season with the Patriots.

Brady, who retired and then unretired over the past few months, insists he’s been able to do a lot more to prepare for the 2022 season, including some sprint work to help with his mobility.

“(It’s been) a lot different,” Brady said Wednesday during a conference call with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, his partner in “The Match” golf event June 1 in Las Vegas (to be televised on TNT). “Last year was pretty tough, just from basically having the MCL reconstruction, and I basically tore it in my last season in New England and I went the whole offseason with a torn MCL. I didn’t get a reconstruction, because I thought it would just heal back. So I didn’t do anything. The following year, I just taped it, basically, every day. And then finally getting it reconstructed last year, it felt for the first time this offseason, it’s been really good.

“It’s been fun just to kind of, you know, run around a little bit. Work on some sprinting stuff. I know Aaron has probably rushed for more yards in a game than I have my whole career. But for me, it’s been kind of interesting to be able to train in certain ways. Like, a single leg jump. I haven’t done a single leg jump in I don’t know how many years, because I couldn’t do it because I never wanted my knee to be unweighted, because it was just kind of wiggling around. It’s been good this year to do it.

“Contrary to what Aaron said the other night, I haven’t been practicing,” Brady continued. “I’ve got some stuff planned this weekend coming up. You said the other day that I’ve been practicing with my shoulder pads on and my helmet.”


“Why haven’t you been practicing? I don’t understand?” Rodgers asked. “Why haven’t you been practicing?”

Brady responded, ‘Why haven’t you been practicing?”

A moment passed before he added, ‘’Exactly.”

It’s the third year Brady will be competing in “The Match,” and he is 0-2. He and Phil Mickelson lost to Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning in 2020. Last year, Brady and Mickelson were on the wrong end of a contest with Rodgers and Bryson DeChambeau.


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