As we feared, it looks to be a torn ACL (ACL requires surgery; there have been reports he may have damaged the MCL as well). Mike Reiss reports this statement from the team:
"After extensive tests this morning, it was revealed that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's left knee, which was injured in the first quarter of yesterday's game, will require surgery. He will be placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the 2008 season."
I've been trying to forget about this all day, but it seems I can't go five minutes around this area of Massachusetts today - and probably not for at least the next week - without hearing the name "Brady" pop up constantly. It almost seems like there's a constant, low hum of chatter, peppered whispers of "first quarter" "ACL" "surgery"... and of course there's the steady trickle of commenters here, some of whom want us to know exactly how little sympathy they have.
The debate among New Englanders, at least as represented by talk radio on various stations this morning, seems to be between bridge-jumpers and Belichick True Believers - i.e. those who say our season is finished and those who say the system will take care of us. I don't think there's enough information after a single, chaotic regular season game against one of the worst teams in the NFL, but if there's one thing for sure, it's that the season just got a lot more interesting - all over the league.