New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had an MRI Monday that revealed he has sprained his right ankle. However, he is expected to be back in action for the team’s divisional round playoff game in two weeks, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Brady was clearly limping and claimed that he was “pretty sore” after the Patriots lost 20-10 to the Miami Dolphins in their final game of the season Sunday. Brady received a huge hit from Dolphins defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh early in the second quarter.
Though Monday’s MRI revealed a sprain, it did not reveal any breaks or fractures, ESPN reports. That’s good news for the Patriots as Brady is an integral component to the team’s success.
Brady had some medical attention on the sideline after that scary hit, and athletic training staff along with medical staff re-taped his right ankle. That hit nor his injury stopped him from playing in the game, though.
He was eventually replaced by the Patriots’ backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on their final drive of the game with only one minute and 56 seconds left when they were trailing the Dolphins 20-10.
Brady made his weekly appearance on Dennis & Callahan with Minihane on Monday and said that he’d “be doing everything I can to be out there” for the team’s first playoff game.
“I’m doing all right. I’m doing all right,” he said. “We’ll see how it goes this week. Going to be some treatment, as always. A lot of guys are banged up. Just part of football season…I’ve had worse. I’ve had plenty of worse injuries than this one.”
Brady also spoke on Suh’s hit:
“Suh’s a big guy. He just came down on the back of me,” Brady explained. “Obviously however big he is–300 pounds–he just kind of collapses on the back of your leg, there’s going to be some residual damage to that. It’s part of football. I’ll just work hard to get the right treatment. I’ve always dealt with injuries. I’m very confident I know how to deal with injuries. Believe me, I’ll be doing everything I can to be out there. There’s nothing else in my life that’s a priority at this point other than getting to feel like I’m a hundred percent.”
When asked if the injury would have affected his play time next weekend had the team not had a bye, he said:
“I don’t know. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll just say I’m glad we have a week off. That obviously helps. I wanted to stay in there and play yesterday and see if I could do some stuff to help our team. We just couldn’t make enough plays. I feel like I’ve said that a lot the last six weeks, but we’re going to have to make more plays offensively if we want to keep advancing. It’s a challenge. You get every team’s best effort. They game-plan us. They’re trying to slow the things down that we do well. We’re going to have to in a way kind of reinvent how he won, and do the things that we need to do to win the game.”
You can listen to the full interview on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page here.
The Patriots finished the season 12-4 and at No. 1 in the AFC East. We’ll see what they can do in the playoffs. Best of luck to Brady!