Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his knee this offseason, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The upcoming surgery was first reported by the Tampa Bay Times.
A source close to the situation told ESPN that this was not a recent injury and that Brady, who led the Bucs to a triumph Sunday in Super Bowl LV, had been planning the procedure for months. It wasn’t instantly clear which knee the procedure will be on.
Brady was not listed on the Bucs’ injury report all campaign. He was listed on the report as “not injury related” when he was given a handful of off days by coach Bruce Arians, something the Bucs also did with Rob Gronkowski, Ndamukong Suh and other veteran players.
Brady wore a brace on his left knee Wednesday during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl boat parade.
But wearing the brace is not unusual for the 43-year-old Brady, who also wears it when golfing and during other recreational activities.
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Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career Sunday after passing for 201 yards and three touchdowns in Tampa Bay’s 31-9 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brady’s knee certainly didn’t seem to bother him in the least during the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run. He threw 10 touchdown passes and only three interceptions in four postseason games, with a passer rating of 98.1.
Brady has already said he’ll “definitely” consider playing beyond 45. With his longevity and durability, there’s no reason to doubt him.
With the victory, Brady has more Super Bowl titles (seven) than any franchise in NFL history, topping the six each won by the Pittsburgh Steelers and New England Patriots.
Brady also became the only player with five Super Bowl MVPs; Joe Montana is second all time with three.
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