Brady Issues Statement, Says He's OK

Tom Brady has issued a statement on his website to let friends, fans and the media know that he's on the road to recovery after surgery. Brady's return for 2009 is back on track according to No. 12.

Tom Brady issued a statement through his website yesterday on the status of his recovery from injury. Brady addressed the operation he had to repair the damage and the followup procedure he underwent last week to address an infection in the area. The following is the text of Brady's statement which can be found on his website TB12inside.com or TomBrady.com. (download PDF)

I would like to thank everyone for the well wishes and support you have given me throughout my career. It has been particularly helpful during these past six weeks. It is great to know you are all behind me, not only during the good times, but also during the challenging times. On October 6, I had surgery to repair my knee from the injury that took place four weeks earlier in our season opener.

The surgery went well and my doctor described my knee as "rock solid." Unfortunately, in the week following the surgery, I developed an infection. The infection is very treatable and, through a course of antibiotics, it will be knocked out of my system. We were proactive with the infection and the doctors went in for a second procedure this past Wednesday to clean and to test the wound. The results of the tests have all been positive and we are very thankful. I am excited to begin rehabbing my knee and will continue preparing for 2009. I'm looking forward to supporting my teammates throughout the rest of this season, as we strive to achieve the goals we set as a team months ago.

Thanks again for your letters and well wishes. The support has meant so much to me during these past few weeks. I encourage all of my young fans to keep your bodies and minds as fit as possible and to deal with whatever challenges you may face. We never know what life is going to throw us. The best offense is to be prepared whether for the next school test, the next game, or for an unexpected challenge.

Thanks again -TB

The Patriots issued their reaction to the Brady statement via the official team website:

"Since Tom Brady suffered an unfortunate knee injury in our season opener on September 7, we have been in constant consultation with him and he has our complete support."

Brady was injured in the first game of the season when Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard rolled into his leg. He was placed on the reserve injured list and will not be eligible for a return before the 2009 season.

Backup quarterback Matt Casel has taken over for Brady since the injury. The two have spoken regularly as Cassel leans on the veteran QB for advice and feedback.

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