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Brady looks normal in first open workout

5/28/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- If I didn't know Tom Brady's left knee needed to be reattached in two places, I wouldn't have noticed anything exceedingly unusual.

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On a cold and dreary Thursday morning, Brady worked out in front of reporters for the first time since he suffered two torn ligaments in the season opener nearly nine months ago.

The grass on the Patriots' practice field next to Gillette Stadium was damp enough for some to wonder whether coach Bill Belichick should move Brady's unveiling indoors. Moments into the session, backup quarterback Kevin O'Connell wiped out on the wet turf while simply trying to hand off.

But Brady was fine.

His blue sweatpants covered a knee brace. He looked stiff when he ran, but what else is new?

His plant leg looked firm. He threw tight spirals with velocity. He was accurate for most of the day but did struggle to find the mark in 11-on-11 drills.

The two-time Super Bowl MVP also spoke for about 25 minutes afterward for his first extensive group interview since before the injury.

Throughout the day, I will be sharing Brady's insights on a number of topics.

Brady was disappointed with Thursday's display. He said he felt rusty. He admitted he didn't want to wear the brace but was being forced. He spoke about how difficult it was to watch last season. He wasn't nearly as bold as receivers Randy Moss and Wes Welker were in projecting what the offense can accomplish this year.

"We'll see," Brady said. "Talk is cheap. ... I'm going to go do the best that I can do. I'm going to try to be the best leader and the best teammate and best supporter of the guys on my team.

"I'm grateful to have that chance and to be out here today. I can't wait to get out and start playing games."