Tom Brady continues to work out aggressively, a source close to the quarterback told ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss, putting him on course to be ready for when the 2011 season ultimately begins.
There have been no setbacks, the source said. The expectation following the January surgery to relieve a stress fracture in a bone at the top of his right foot was that the New England Patriots QB would be ready for the start of the season.
WEEI.com first reported that Brady was on track to be ready to start the season. A recent exam showed that the fracture is beginning to come together, the website reported, citing an unnamed source.
Appearing at a promotional event in New York last Friday, Brady told reporters that he had started throwing and that his foot was feeling good.
"I feel like anybody who has had surgery and had to go through rehabilitation. We still got a long time until football season starts, and I'm just working my way back," Brady said. "I'm trying to get out there and throw as much as I can and work out as much as I can. That's what it takes."
Brady had the surgery less than a week after the Patriots were eliminated from the playoffs by the Jets. At the time of the surgery, it was expected that Brady would be ready for the start of training camp, if not sooner.
Brady was listed on the Patriots' injury report with a foot injury for the first time on Nov. 10, when he missed his first practice of the 2010 season. He was on the injury report for the last eight regular-season games and their playoff game, but played in all of them.
ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss and ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley contributed to this report.