Brady suffered a season-ending injury to the same knee in the 2008 opener but hasn’t missed a game since that year.
“That’s our leader, man,” Ridley said. “We ride with Tom Brady all the way and anytime you see somebody go down like that, kind of everything stops in front of you. But, for us, we just have to move on and hope for the best and that’s what we did and we found out later that day at team meetings that he was OK and that was all the news that we needed to know, that our quarterback was going to be with us.”
For a while, with no information coming out, fans wondered if Brady was hurt badly. Many of them expressed their concerns on Twitter.
“I think there were a lot of fans at home probably pulling out their hair,” safety Devin McCourty said.
It was a big story until reports surfaced that the injury wasn’t serious.
“I think you guys had more communication and more opinions than we did,” McCourty told reporters. “We actually got to see him in the locker room and all that, so it wasn’t as crazy as, I think, the media made it seem.”
Solder even had a restful night, despite his role.
“I didn’t let it affect my sleep,” he said. “It’s part of the game.”
The brace Brady wore yesterday was heavier than the one he had on a day earlier and similar to what he wears in games. He moved smoothly through the slow-speed walkthrough.
During a hurry-up drill, Brady dropped back and completed two passes to tight end Zach Sudfeld and one to Aaron Dobson against minimal coverage. There was no sign that his knee was hindering him.
After practice, he spent about a half hour on the field with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, their son Benjamin, 3, and Brady’s son Jack, with actress Bridget Moynahan. He turns 6 on Wednesday.