The New England Patriots have finally reached it: the bye week. After having their first one on the earliest possible weekend - week 4 - the team went through the rest of its regular season without any rest. This took a toll on the Patriots, who have been decimated by injuries.
Among those injuries is the most important Patriot of them all: quarterback Tom Brady.
During yesterday's 20-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Brady injured his ankle after getting rolled up by Miami defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Brady hobbled a little afterwards but stayed in the game until it was out of reach late in the fourth quarter. Still, given the quarterback's importance to the team and the overall injury-riddled state of the offense, the situation quickly became a major storyline after the game.
According to Adam Schefter, though, it appears that Brady's injury is not as serious as it could have been:
Tom Brady underwent MRI on ankle that revealed a sprain but no breaks, no fractures, per league source. Expected to be ready for playoffs.
This is great news for the Patriots, who try to enter the playoffs at full available strength. Not only will Brady be on the field in two weeks, his favorite weapon Julian Edelman as well as offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer are also scheduled to return.