Tom Brady: Will He Be Ready?

Lisa CantoniContributor IMay 6, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 7:  Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots passes the ball up the middle during their NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs on September 7, 2008 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots defeated the Chiefs 17-10. (Photo by Elsa Garrison/Getty Images)

Will "Tom Terrific" be ready to lead the Patriots in 2009?

After the devastating blow to his knee during the first game of the 2008 season against the Kansas City Chiefs, Tom Brady has been busy rehabbing to get back to his Super Bowl caliber state, but will he be ready?

After a season ending injury such as the one Brady suffered, the questions are always going to be swirling around for the first few games of the season.

Is he tough enough to take another hit?

Will he be able to plant and throw like he used to?

Is it going to effect his decisions during the game?

Last year we saw Peyton Manning come back after knee surgery that was not nearly as extensive as what Brady had and it did seem to affect his play at the beginning of the season.

Ben Roethlisberger seemed to be a little off after his injuries a few years back and Donovan McNabb was not the same Donovan that we were used to seeing after he was out with injuries.

So what will Brady be like this year?

Time will only tell.

It seems that Brady and crew are too competitve to let this hold them back and the Patriots are a finely tuned machine that can have parts replaced and still hum smoothly.

Brady has had a year to recover and will be able to resume OTA's and preseason camps to knock off any rust that may have formed.

Patriot fans will have little to worry about with their newly rebuilt fearless leader and their team should be in playoff contention yet again this year.