Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is scheduled for knee surgery this offseason. That much everyone can agree on.
But there are conflicting reports as to the scope of the procedure, which was originally reported Thursday by Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Per Stroud, the surgery will occur on Brady’s left knee, in which he tore his ACL in 2010. He also wore a brace for said knee during Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl 55 boat parade; it could be seen as Brady exited the team’s boat.
Coach Bruce Arians confirmed the surgery to Stroud, saying Brady planned it for months: “He’s going to do a little cleanup.”
One source, however, told Ben Volin of the Boston Globe that the procedure is more intensive than initially reported:
Re: Brady’s injured left knee, a source told me that he needs more than just a little clean-up. “When it comes out, all this does is build his legend even greater.” pic.twitter.com/ri6wm3hXAF
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) February 11, 2021
Brady was never listed on any of the team’s injury reports in 2020. Whatever issue he has in his knee, it didn’t seem to hinder his play. He completed 401 of 610 passes (65.7 percent) during the regular season for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. During the playoffs, he completed 81 of 138 passes (58.7 percent) for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns to three interceptions. That includes a Super Bowl MVP performance in which he tossed three touchdowns in a 31-9 win over the Chiefs.