Tom Brady continues to progress through his rehab work from offseason knee surgery. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers star quarterback has blown by many of the benchmark steps. The future Hall of Famer recently took another notable stride forward that should more than excite Buccaneers fans ahead of the 2021 season.
Tom Brady undergoes offseason knee surgery
Shortly after capturing his seventh Super Bowl win, Brady underwent knee surgery to repair a lingering issue.
The details regarding the operation haven’t surfaced, but the 43-year-old required the procedure that several reports indicate is a bit more serious than the Buccaneers’ description of “minor” work. It marks Brady’s first surgery since suffering a torn ACL more than a decade ago.
The three-time league MVP has continued to progress steadily forward in his recovery after recently ramping up his workload to throwing to his teammates in private workout sessions late last month. Brady is well within the estimated timetable for his return, as the initial timeline pinned him ready to go by June.
Tampa Bay has kept a close eye on the process, with yet another promising reason cropping up, creating excitement about his prospects ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Tom Brady unveiled another promising step forward in his recovery that should excite Buccaneers fans
Brady has spent the last few months steadily recovering from knee surgery without much concern.
The 43-year-old recently began throwing the ball since going under the knife. However, it appears he’s taken another significant step forward as a workout video via his social media account showed him moving around without a knee brace.
Brady’s movement in the footage looked fluid without any limitation, which is another telling indication that he’s moving closer to a full recovery. Although that may be the case, head coach Bruce Arians stated earlier this week that he will not have Brady working much in minicamp due to extra safety measures.
“I don’t know how much I’ll let him do…with guys chasing him around,” Arians said via Jenna Laine of ESPN. “We’ll see. We’ll see what the doctors say. He may be doing a lot of coaching.”
The Buccaneers are taking the precautionary approach with the future first-ballot Hall of Famer as he preps for his 22nd NFL season. Tampa Bay has various other team activities ahead with mandatory training camp in the coming weeks, with the preseason less than two months away.
Brady’s health will play a significant part in the Buccaneers’ push toward another Super Bowl title. Nonetheless, the visual of Brady moving around in drills without the necessity of a knee brace is a promising sign.
Tampa Bay remains fixated on another Super Bowl push
Beyond Brady‘s recovery from offseason knee surgery, the Buccaneers sit positioned for a deep run to another Super Bowl.
The front office remarkable re-signed all the team’s big-name players on both sides of the ball. Brady remains the linchpin to the Buccaneers’ fate in 2021, but retaining the other key pieces may become pivotal moves.
It’s not only another year for the 43-year-old in Arians’ offense but also for Leonard Fournette and Antonio Brown. Each former Pro Bowler may assume more prominent offensive factors that push Tampa Bay toward the ultimate goal.
Fournette provided stable production in the playoffs behind 300 rushing yards, 148 receiving yards, and four total touchdowns. Meanwhile, Brown recorded a touchdown reception in Super Bowl 55.
The Buccaneers will proceed through the rest of the offseason with caution to best position the franchise toward securing another Vince Lombardi trophy.