...progressing to awful:
After published reports said Brady needed two more operations to clean out an infection in his knee, ESPN.com, citing a source it did not identify, reported that "the Patriots, as an organization, are upset with the situation because they were clear that they wanted Brady's surgery done under the direction of doctors of their choosing in Boston."
Later Thursday, the Patriots issued a statement affirming their support for the quarterback...
...with the potential for OH MY GOD.
Moreover, while the patella tendon used the first time was from the same (left) knee, according to the source, Ramappa indicated that when a second reconstruction is required, the patella tendon would either come from the patient's other knee or a cadaver.
The general preference is to use the other knee, Ramappa said. So technically, if the decision was made to use the tendon from Brady's right knee, the MVP quarterback would be recovering from surgery on both knees.
Herald article also quotes an expert saying the decision to operate at the earliest possible time doctors would allow probably led to the surgical complications.
When we see Brady off the field these days, he's behind a thick gloss of superstardom, airbrushed Stetson ads and perfectly cliched press conferences and a pleasant demeanor with interviwers. But on the field there are times we've caught glimpses of the hypercompetitive Brady, the Brady that celebrates Super Bowl first downs and once trash-talked in the face of the Steelers secondary. The Brady that sometimes gets picked off and run back to the opposite goal line by Champ Bailey because he was trying to force a ball into the end zone.
Pretty easy for that Herald expert to Monday-morning quarterback these as yet unconfirmed reports on medical decisions. But also impossible to dismiss the idea that Brady might have tried to force a comeback too quickly.