Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady underwent left knee surgery shortly after Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl 55 victory. It’s unclear whether the procedure was just “a little cleanup” or something more extensive, but at this point, Brady is simply focused on his recovery, which appears to be going well.
The 43-year-old told ESPN’s Jenna Laine on Sunday that he hopes he will be able to participate in mandatory June minicamp. Brady made an appearance at Bucs coach Bruce Arians’ Family Foundation gala, and he was seen walking through the event without any sort of noticeable limp.
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“I feel pretty good, and I push myself pretty hard,” Brady said. “I feel pretty good. I don’t know if I could go this week, but we’ll see how things play out. It’s a long time between now and the beginning of the season, and just be smart about all these different things that we have to do and fulfill; but we all take a lot of pride in being ready to go, and I’m sure we will be.”
Brady added that the rehabilitation process hasn’t been “fun,” but he is looking forward to getting back on the field as Tampa Bay chases back-to-back championships.
“I’m cool with it. It’s just part of what you deal with. Things come up,” Brady said. “You deal with them the best way you can, with the best opportunity to improve. I’m definitely feeling a lot better than I did six or seven weeks ago.”
If Brady was dealing with a serious knee issue during the 2020 season, he didn’t let it slow him down much. Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns during the regular season, then led the Bucs to the title with 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns in four playoff games. He earned the Super Bowl 55 MVP trophy in a 31-9 win over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs.