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September 10, 2008 4:35 PM

Brady Tore Both ACL and MCL


The details of the damage done to Tom Brady's left knee were finally released today, and it ain't pretty.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and torn medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his left knee, NFL sources confirmed today. Medical tests on the knee, including an MRI performed Monday, indicated no damage to other knee ligaments and no torn cartilage. The typical course of action for such an injury is to wait 4-6 weeks for the MCL tear to heal, then reconstruct the ACL.
What's this mean for Brady? Surgery in about one month, followed by 6-9 months of rehab. At best, he's back sometime in April, but it could be as late as mid-July, hopefully just in time for Patriots' training camp.

Photo courtesy Globe Staff Photo / Jim Davis

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