It was “Red Alert” in Foxboro, MA today when word got out of Tom Brady going down with a left knee injury. What made it even more alarming is that it came when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were practicing with the Patriots.
As you can see in the video above, Adrian Clayborn drove Patriots left tackle Nate Solder back with a bull rush right into Tom Brady.
“You always have to stay away from the quarterback but if you get a guy on his heels, my instinct is to keep going. And that’s what I did,” Clayborn said, via the Patriots website.
Brady would walk away from the incident. He would then return to practice a few minutes later before leaving for good with the trainer after a couple of plays.
While Brady has been described as day-to-day with a mild knee sprain, his injury shouldn’t be the biggest story in Tampa Bay.
The Buccaneers pass rush has been much maligned for the past couple of seasons. Bucs GM Mark Dominik has spent numerous high draft picks on defensive linemen in hopes of improving that aspect of the Bucs defense.
While one of those draft picks, DaQuan Bowers, has been criticized heavily for not being in shape this training camp, it was Adrian Clayborn who provided excellent push on his rush against Nate Solder that led to Brady’s early exit.
Clayborn is returning from a torn ACL in 2012. As a rookie, Clayborn totaled 7.5 sacks, a number the Buccaneers would love to increase.
Clayborn has yet to play in a preseason game, but to see him providing a bull rush like the one in the video above against the Patriots starting left tackle, perhaps the Buccaneers pass rush just might be better than it has been the past few years.