Buccaneers' Tom Brady: I knew in early 2020 I would need knee surgery

Brady underwent a knee surgery after leading the Buccaneers to the Super Bowl.

by Dzevad Mesic
Buccaneers' Tom Brady: I knew in early 2020 I would need knee surgery

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady revealed he knew in early-2020 that he would need a knee surgery. Brady, who left the New England Patriots to join the Buccaneers, led Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl last season, Shortly after the season ended, Brady underwent a knee surgery.

"It was an injury I dealt with since last April-May," said Brady, who had the procedure after leading the Bucs to a Super Bowl title in February. "I knew I would have to have something done at the end of the year. Happy I did it.

"It was probably something that was needed -- it certainly needed to be done and there was a great outcome. I feel I'll be able to do some different things this year that I wasn't able to do last year."

Brady declined to give specifics on his injury

"You deal with [injuries] and make the most of them," Brady said after his second minicamp practice.

"The good part is I'll be able to commit a lot of time to other parts. I'm sure I'll be faced with different adversities this year, but I had to spend a lot of time tending to that particular injury, which happens when you have something that you need to ultimately have surgery on to get fixed." During a minicamp, Brady threw found receiver Scotty Miller on a 40-yard pass in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown that was reminiscent of last season's NFC Championship Game.

"Yeah, that was a little déjà vu," Buccaneers head coach Arians said. "I feel like I'm there," Brady said. "From this point to the beginning of training camp, I feel like I can work hard on football improvement as opposed to getting back to a rehab place where you're more baseline." Coach Arians hopes Brady will continue to do good work during minicamp.

"Just continue to see different coverages, different situations," Arians said when asked what more he wanted to see from his 43-year-old quarterback to close out the Bucs' three-day minicamp. "That wasn't his best red zone period.

He was pretty solid. But our defense is doing some things that I don't think anyone else in the league is doing right now, so it's gonna be good training for us. "I can hardly get out of bed myself. ... I ain't that much older," the 68-year-old Arians said jokingly.

"But yeah, he's an amazing guy, the way he takes care of himself and trains and makes sure. He has so much fun out of there. You can trick your brain into feeling good."

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