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November 12, 2008 11:30 AM

Mythical Creature Has Returned To Foxboro

His presence at the stadium has been described as "uplifting."

"He's in great spirits," quarterback Matt Cassel said. "He's just healing and getting better."

"It's good to see him around, hanging out, smiling," defensive end Jarvis Green told the Associated Press. "It looks like he's in a good mood."

"It's just good to hear his voice," rookie running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis said.

With quotes like that, you'd think they were referring to some sort of savior, a legend of mythical proportions. But no, just Tom Brady, who is back with the Patriots, rehabbing his knee.

Yesterday wasn't the first day Brady was at the stadium to work out, although the presence of a black Red Sox cap and a knee brace at his locker tipped off reporters to his whereabouts.

At this point, it is premature to say that Brady is rigorously rehabbing his left knee, as that must wait until doctors are certain his infection has cleared. But Brady can work out to maintain other aspects of his conditioning.

Ah, but before you start imagining some heroic return just in time for the Super Bowl, you should know things with his knee aren't exactly going as planned. All those infections Brady had after surgery have taken their toll on the quarterback's knee.
After Brady’s arrival in town early last week, he was checked out by team physician Thomas Gill and has been monitored by the Pats medical staff ever since, the source said. While it’s still too early to determine the full ramifications of the infection that enveloped Brady’s knee a short time after his Oct. 6 surgery, the team currently is dealing with the issue of mobility, stiffness and a decreased range of motion in the knee.
With Brady, Rodney Harrison, Laurence Maroney and now Adalius Thomas out for the season, the Patriots are quietly building a pretty solid team on IR.

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