Tom Brady has a sprained right ankle, and is expected to be ready to lead the New England Patriots in their divisional-round playoff game in two weeks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that an MRI showed no fractures or serious damage from the injury that was sustained when Miami’s Ndamukong Suh fell into Brady’s lower leg. The Patriots lost 20-10 to Miami, but their 12-4 record was still enough to clinch a first-round bye.
After a 10-0 start, the Patriots lost four of their six games, including their last two. Brady has not been himself in that stretch, completing only 60.9 percent of his passes at 11.1 yards per completion. He still threw 11 touchdown passes as opposed to three interceptions, and did catch a 36-yard pass – his first reception since his rookie season of 2001.
The Patriots are hoping to have their top three receivers together for their first playoff game. Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola have recovered from injuries, while Julian Edelman could return for the first time since breaking his foot on Nov. 15.
New England will be going for its fifth Super Bowl title under Brady and Bill Belichick, and will be looking to repeat as champions for the first time since 2003-2004.