Though he understands why it happened Tom Brady didn’t want all of the fuss surrounding the left knee injury he suffered in practice last Wednesday downplaying the incident and saying he and his teammates have endured worse.

“You guys were all there” Brady said Monday. “Things come up in practice a lot of times it’s certainly a physical game different guys get knocked around at different times I got knocked around and like I said earlier today we tried to be smart about what we were doing I had to go and get some treatment and get to work. That’s what I like to do most.”

The Patriots quarterback took a tumble when Buccaneers defensive end Adrian Clayborn bull-rushed Nate Solder back into him. Brady sat on the grass for several moments holding his left knee then left the field with head trainer Jim Whelan.

“Any time you go down it’s a little scary but that’s the sport” he said. “It happens in the game it happens in practice and I’m certainly not the first or the last to have that happen.

“I’m fortunate that it wasn’t very bad. I was able to get treatment and get back on the field with my teammates and get back to work.”

Leaving practice early wasn’t his call Brady said but it was the best option.

“I don’t want to make a fuss about it but at that time I didn’t have too much of a choice” he said. “It was nice to go out there and play and play against a good team in Tampa. We had good days of practice and now we come back to our own practices and get focused on Detroit because that’s kind of what we have to do now.