Tom Brady OK After Car Accident
Brady did not speak to reporters, though he did take part in the walkthrough prior to practice. Boston Herald beat writer Ian R. Rapoport said that Brady participated in the full practice Thursday afternoon as expected.
"He's here, he's ready to go," Patriots tight end Alge Crumpler said after the walkthrough.
Brady was reportedly "shaken" by the accident, but ESPNBoston.com said that Brady didn't go to the hospital and traveled to Gillette Stadium after he was picked up by another vehicle. According to the WEEI report, Brady's Audi struck a Ford minivan, but Brady was able to walk around after the accident.
The Boston Globe reported that Brady did not receive medical treatment.
"I saw [Brady] a little while ago and he looks OK. I saw him walking in, he had a smile on his face, no abrasions," linebacker Tully Banta-Cain said. "I think he's fine. That was my first reaction."
Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald told the Globe that a sedan and a passenger van collided at 6:34 a.m. at Commonwealth Avenue and Gloucester Street. According to the Globe report, one witness said that Brady had a green light at Commonwealth when the minivan went through a red light and the two vehicles collided.
A man in the back of the minivan got stuck and had to be removed with the Jaws of Life, then was transported to an area hospital, according to MacDonald. Fire officials told the AP that a passenger in one vehicle sustained injuries not considered life-threatening. There were at least two people in the passenger van, according to MacDonald.
MacDonald told the Globe a traffic light was hit during the accident and Boston police were currently investigating.
"I want to thank the safety personnel for their service, and express our concern and support for the well-being of the occupants of the other vehicle," Brady's agent, Don Yee, said in a statement.
Brady, entering his 11th season with the Patriots, had been reportedly close to finalizing a big contract extension, with an expected value between $18 million and $20 million per season.
The Patriots are scheduled to face the Bengals on Sunday in their season opener.