Veteran quarterback Tom Brady reports to Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ minicamp

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws during team minicamp on Tuesday in Tampa, Fla. (AP photo)

TAMPA, Fla. — No keeping Tom Brady off the practice field.

The 43-year-old quarterback was a full participant Tuesday at mandatory minicamp for the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers, taking part in individual drills and doing some 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 work.

The session came despite coach Bruce Arians saying last week there was a chance he’d limit Brady’s involvement as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

“I don’t know how much I’ll let him do with guys chasing him around. … He might be doing a lot of coaching,” Arians said then.

Brady wanted to work, though, and Arians liked what he saw from the seven-time Super Bowl champ during the opening session of a three-day minicamp that runs through Thursday.

“He looked fine. … The only thing I didn’t want him in was the blitz period where some guys might get around him too quick,” Arians said, adding team doctors gave their blessing to Brady joining practice.

Brady and backup Blaine Gabbert worked with veterans on one field.

No. 3 quarterback Ryan Griffin and rookie Kyle Trask, a second-round draft pick, worked with a group of mostly younger players on a second field.

The Falcons, Cowboys, Lions, Giants, Rams and Washington are also holding their mandatory minicamps this week.

For Atlanta, it was the first time the Falcons hit the field since seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones was traded to Tennessee.

In Dallas, quarterback Dak Prescott hasn’t been limited in his return from a major ankle injury. He’s participated in offseason practices but won’t take part in full-team portions of mandatory minicamp. Coach Mike McCarthy expects Prescott to be fully ready at training camp.


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