Brady case on knee damage still unclear

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady verified on his official website that he underwent a second surgical procedure to crackdown an infection in his injured left knee.

Tom Brady has been dealing with a “septic joint” since surgery earlier this month to repair torn ligaments in his left knee. Brady was supposed to be back in New England by now, but a timeline for his return remains unclear.

The 31-year-old ace quarterback was hurt during a season-opening victory over Kansas City.

“Unfortunately, in the week following the surgery, I developed an infection. The infection is very treatable and, through a course of antibiotics, it will be knocked out of my system. We were proactive with the infection and the doctors went in for a second procedure this past Wednesday to clean and to test the wound. The results of the tests have all been positive and we are very thankful.”

Regardless, the infection could create long-term knee troubles, including reduced mobility, stiffness, weakness, and lingering pain. Patients who bear such an infection might never regain full motion, a grave consequence for a pro athlete.

But Brady’s prognosis also depends on what type of bacteria caused the infection. The most common cause of a post-operative septic joint is staph (Staphylococcus). If Brady has a staph infection responsive to antibiotics, he still has a chance at a good surgical result.

Brady is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks of his era. He also helped set the record for the longest consecutive win streak in NFL history with 21 straight wins over two seasons.

A three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP, Brady has thrown for 26,446 yards and 191 touchdowns in his nine-year career, spent entirely with New England