Patriots’ Tom Brady Acquires Knee Injury In Practice

Patriots' Tom Brady Acquires Knee Injury In PracticeA potential knee injury to Tom Brady in a practice with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is threatening to at least temporarily disband the New England Patriots’ winning combination as of Wednesday, according to Stephen Holder of The Tampa Bay Times.

‘Panic button’

Apparently, Brady was able to walk off the field on his own, as noted by Zuri Berry of Boston.com. Patriots nation has to be holding its collective breath in anticipation of Brady’s condition, but it does appear that the panic button shouldn’t be hit just yet, especially since he walked off the field under his own power. Having said that, if Brady is in any way significantly hurt, New England will be hard-pressed to maintain its stranglehold on the AFC East division and status as perpetual championship contenders.

The offense is already without magnificent wide receiver Wes Welker, who left for the Denver Broncos in free agency.  Tight end Rob Gronkowski, meanwhile, is also not a sure thing to play when the regular season begins, since he is rehabbing from back surgery. To say the least, the Patriots are shorthanded offensively and desperately need Brady to orchestrate the high-octane attack.


‘Some concern’

Backup QB Ryan Mallett left Friday’s preseason game with a head injury, but did return to practice this week. Although he has tall pocket presence and a strong arm, he would clearly be a downgrade from Brady. Tim Tebow is the only other quarterback currently listed on the Patriots’ QB depth chart.

The 36-year-old Brady missed almost all of the 2008 season with a torn ACL and MCL in the same knee, so this has to at least cause some concern.

Do you think Tom Brady will still be able to lead his team to a chance at competing for a Super Bowl? Which team will you be rooting for?

Source: Matt Fitzgerald | Bleacher Report

Image: Sports Illustrated

Johnny Manziel Sent Home Early From Manning Camp

Johnny Manziel Sent Home Early From Manning CampTexas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is the reigning Heisman Trophy winner but he couldn’t make it through the 2013 Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux, La., as he was reportedly sent home due to illness, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com.

‘Feeling ill’

Many of the best quarterbacks that college football has to offer were in Thibodaux for the camp, run by Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning and their father, Archie Manning. Manziel, however, didn’t complete the camp.

Manziel reportedly missed some assigned meetings and practice sessions as a college coach and counselor. According to Mortensen, the Manning Academy released a statement explaining the situation:

Johnny Manziel did participate in some activities in the 2013 Manning Passing Academy as a college counselor/coach. After missing and being late for practice assignments, Johnny explained that he had been feeling ill. Consequently, we agreed that it was in everyone’s best interest for him to go home a day early.


‘Negative stories’

This statement comes on the heels of rumors that Manziel was actually sent home for staying out late the night before and showing up tardy to practice sessions. According to Northwestern State Demons play-by-play announcer and CBS Sports personality Patrick Netherton, the rumors appear to have some credibility, although Manning Academy officials have since denied them.

There is no question that Manziel is one of the most talented college football players in recent memory, but his reputation has taken serious hits as negative stories have surfaced.

Do you think Johnny Manziel was sent home early from the Manning Camp because of illness? Or was it something else?

Source: Mike Chiari | Bleacher Report

Image: NY Daily News