ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell, a physical therapist who is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist, visited Patriots training camp Wednesday and shares her observations in a blog entry.
She focused part of her work on quarterback Tom Brady (January surgery on his right foot) and tight end Aaron Hernandez (offseason hip surgery).
"If there were any doubts about Brady's health, those can be put to rest immediately," Bell writes. "Brady was heavily involved in Wednesday night's workout, sporting a lightweight knee brace on his left leg as is customary for him. He moved fluidly to both sides and his passes were on the mark. Brady made the work look effortless, another trademark of his, but it also sent a signal that his body was cooperating. He threw several nice passes to a recent Patriots acquisition, wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, who appeared to be working hard (even diving for a catch in the end zone!) and making himself at home.
"One of the most interesting notes on the evening was the amount of work Hernandez did. Considering he started on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and only began practicing within the past few days, he looked less rusty than expected. ..."