Brady, Patriots answer questions in second preseason game
Tom Brady's left knee looked fine Friday night, and so did his right arm.
Brady was in the starting lineup for the New England Patriots' 25-21 preseason win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Foxborough, Mass., and completed 11 of 12 pass attempts for 107 yards before he left the contest following New England's second offensive possession. Backup quarterback Ryan Mallett replaced Brady on New England's first possession in the second quarter.
Some questioned whether or not Brady would play after he suffered an injury to his left knee during a joint practice with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.
Tampa Bay defensive end Adrian Clayborn pushed offensive lineman Nate Solder into Brady, who left practice shortly thereafter.
Brady suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in the 2008 season opener and has worn a knee brace in games since then, but was not wearing the brace when the injury occurred Wednesday.
Brady tossed a 26-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola on the game's opening possession and completed all eight of his pass attempts for 72 yards during the scoring drive. He completed his first 11 passes before throwing an incompletion.
Brady also completed a pass to rookie tight end Zach Sudfeld for the two-point conversion following Amendola's TD. Amendola, who signed a five-year, $31 million contract with New England in March, had six receptions for 71 yards in the first quarter, which ended with New England leading 8-0.
The Patriots received a 39-yard field goal from Stephen Gostkowski in the second quarter to increase their lead to 11-0.
Tampa Bay got on the scoreboard when Kevin Ogletree caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from Mike Glennon with 5:10 left in the second quarter. Derek Dimke's PAT made it an 11-7 game.
The Patriots increased their lead when Sudfeld, an undrafted free agent who played at Nevada, hauled in a 22-yard TD pass from Mallett with 3:54 left in the half. Gostkowski's kick gave New England an 18-7 advantage.
Mallett finished his stint 12-for-20 passing for 137 yards.
If there was a tough spot for the Patriots' offense, it was Tim Tebow, who replaced Mallett under center in the second half.
Tebow had as many completions (1) as interceptions (1), for minus-1 passing yards and was booed by the Gillette Stadium crowd. He did rush six times for 30 yards, making him the Pats' second-leading rusher on the night.
The Patriots were coming off last Friday's 31-22 victory over Philadelphia in their preseason opener. Tampa Bay opened its preseason schedule with a 44-16 loss to Baltimore.