Tom Brady walked off the field under his own power. Several teammates didn’t think he was hurt badly when he grabbed his left knee after being knocked down. A scare went through at the team’s joint practice with the Buccaneers on Wednesday.
A person with knowledge of the injury said an MRI was negative and Brady was day-to-day with a left knee sprain. Asked if Brady might play Friday night against the Buccaneers, the person said he didn’t know. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Patriots didn’t make an announcement.
The two-time league MVP had a season-ending injury to the same knee in the 2008 opener.
• The Montreal Alouettes signed quarterback Troy Smith to a two-year deal. The 29-year-old won the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State in 2006, leading the Buckeyes to a spot in the BCS national championship game. “We’ve been in discussions for well over three months and have been patiently waiting for Troy to finish his commitments at Ohio State,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said.
• 49ers defensive lineman Demarcus Dobbs was suspended for a game against Green Bay for a violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The 49ers, in announcing the penalty jointly with the NFL, say Dobbs will be eligible to return to the active roster on Sept. 9.
• The Raiders sustained a significant blow with the news that starting left tackle Jared Veldheer will need surgery on his torn left triceps and will miss a significant portion of the season.
• Adrian Peterson will grace the cover of the Wheaties box.
• Ahmad Bradshaw is finally eligible to practice. He still may not play for a while. Coach Chuck Pagano said Indianapolis activated the former Giants running back and linebacker Pat Angerer from the physically unable to perform list.
• Bengals receiver A.J. Green returned to practice after a nearly three-week absence because of a bruised knee.
• Redskins safety Phillip Thomas will miss his rookie season with a foot injury. Coach Mike Shanahan said Thomas will have surgery on a torn ligament in the left foot.
• Nick Foles will be the starting quarterback when the Eagles play their second preseason game against the Carolina Panthers tonight.
• Rams starting linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.
• Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter lost his training-camp competition for a job to rookie Caleb Sturgis. He also had his contract terminated.
• Minnesota Vikings Pro Bowl fullback Jerome Felton will miss Friday’s exhibition game against Buffalo, and perhaps the rest of the preseason, after having an emergency appendectomy.
• Buffalo’s Kevin Kolb will start at quarterback in their preseason game Friday night against Minnesota.
• One of the former Vanderbilt players charged with rape entered a not guilty plea and waived his right to appear at his arraignment. Nineteen-year-old Jaborian McKenzie, of Woodville, Miss., along with three other ex-players, allegedly raped an unconscious student at a campus dormitory in June.
Top seeds advance
Serena Williams overcame what she described as one of her worst sets before beating qualifier Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in her opening match at the Western & Southern Open in Mason. No. 1 Novak Djokovic had a ragged first set while beating Juan Monaco 7-5, 6-2. In a night match, fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal beat German qualifier Benjamin Becker 6-2, 6-2.
• Two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs earned one of eight wild cards into the U.S. Open. Others went to 2010 Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles champion Vania King and to USTA girls 18-and-under champion Sachia Vickery.
Tiger picks up sponsor
The Tiger Woods Foundation announced that Northwestern Mutual agreed to be title sponsor this year for an elite, 18-man tournament at Sherwood Country Club. The Northwestern Mutual World Challenge will be Dec. 5-8.
• Stanford’s Patrick Rodgers survived a playoff Wednesday to advance to match play, then beat Sean Dale 3 and 2 of Jacksonville, Fla., in the first round of the U.S. Amateur at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The 21-year-old Avon, Ind., player who will represent the U.S. in next month’s Walker Cup, will face England’s Greg Eason.
Torre delivers proposal
Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Joe Torre gave his instant replay proposal to the executive committee to consider as the brass huddled for two days of meetings. Commissioner Bud Selig was to address the media on Thursday morning to discuss what is on the table.
Hat trick leads U.S.
Jozy Altidore had a hat trick to lead an impressive comeback, with the U.S. scoring all of its goals in the second half to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in Sarajevo and extend its record winning streak to 12 games. Altidore has scored in five straight games, a first for a U.S. player, and also had an assist on Eddie Johnson’s goal.
Pacers hire Popeye
The Indiana Pacers hired Popeye Jones as an assistant coach. Adding the 43-year-old ex-NBA player gives the Pacers a full staff. He spent the last three seasons with the Nets.
• Nikola Pekovic didn’t want to leave Minnesota, and the Timberwolves weren’t about to let him go. After weeks of negotiations, waiting and watching, the two sides came to agreement on a five-year contract worth $60 million that includes an additional $8 million in incentives.
Track and field
Heffernan walks to win
Robert Heffernan pulled away in the last 10 kilometers to win the gold medal in the 50-kilometer walk in Moscow, giving Ireland its first men’s world championship in 30 years.
Harris could own Devils
A person familiar with the negotiations said Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris will add the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and the lease to their arena to his portfolio today. Attorneys for both sides were putting the final touches on the deal that will allow Jeff Vanderbeek to sell his majority ownership to Harris, said the person, who asked not to be identified.