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Tom Brady Underwent Surgery on Torn MCL After Playing Entire Season With Injury

Adam WellsJuly 16, 2021

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New details about Tom Brady's February knee surgery have been revealed. 

Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, the reigning Super Bowl MVP had surgery to repair a torn MCL that he originally suffered during his final season with the New England Patriots in 2019. 

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network noted the injury was not a partially torn MCL, as Stroud reported, but was in fact fully torn. 

Prior to Thursday, the only known details about Brady's surgery were provided by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback. 

He said during a May podcast appearance on Hodinkee radio (h/t Stroud) that he had "pretty serious knee surgery this offseason."

Despite saying he had been dealing with the issue dating back to the spring of 2020, Brady was never officially listed on any injury report by the Buccaneers last year. 

There was never any indication from Brady's performance that anything was wrong. The 43-year-old threw for 4,633 yards with 40 touchdowns and completed 65.7 percent of his passes during the regular season. 

Brady seemed to get stronger as the 2020 season went along. He threw for 2,394 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions over the final eight games, including the playoffs. 

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Tampa Bay defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV, giving Brady his seventh championship. He was named MVP of the Super Bowl for the fifth time in his storied career. 

Brady and the Bucs are scheduled to open training camp on July 25.   

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