No kneed: Bucs' Brady ditches trademark sleeve

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TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has officially shed the trademark sleeve he has worn on his left knee since suffering a torn ACL in 2008. He wore it Sunday in his first training camp practice, but Monday, he had it rolled down at his shin. By Tuesday, it was off. He hasn’t worn it since and doesn’t plan to put it back on.

“I don’t need it. It’s been 14 years since I’ve [started wearing] it. It feels good,” Brady said Friday, the Bucs’ final ramp-up day before the pads come on Saturday and the intensity level rises.

Brady hadn’t practiced as a Buc without it. He even wore it during recreational activities such as golfing, pickup basketball and boating.

He underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn MCL he played with all of last year.

“It feels good now,” Brady said. “It was not my favorite offseason of all time. I haven’t had surgery in a long time, so you kinda forget the rehab process and so forth. It’s kind of a long, arduous offseason when you go through rehab like that. I got a lot of time with my family and stuff. That was really

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