Players react to Brady scare

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Running back Stevan Ridley and offensive linemen Nate Solder and Logan Mankins were among the Patriots players answering questions from reporters after practice. Tom Brady’s scare from Wednesday was a hot topic of discussion.

“With Brady back out there, for us it’s a great sign. It was a scary moment but with Tom I know he is a competitor,” Ridley said. “I know he's going to do whatever to get out there. I'm glad they took him out, checked him out and made sure he was good. … My heart is a peace that he is ok and nothing major is going on.”

Ridley then added: “That’s our leader man. I'll tell you that first and foremost, we ride with Tom Brady all the way. And every time somebody goes down like that everything stops.”

Solder, who was bull-rushed by Buccaneers end Adrian Clayborn on the play in which Brady’s knee was bruised, said with a laugh: “I didn’t let it affect my sleep. It’s part of the game.”

Added Mankins: “He felt great back there, making all the throws, not hobbling around. That’s always a good sign. … No harm, no foul, he’s not hurt, he’s not going to miss any time. So there’s no reason to talk about it.”