New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady downplayed the severity of a left knee injury suffered last week, a mild sprain that didn't stop him from completing his first 11 passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers days later.

“There are a lot of people at practice that were witnessing,” Brady told WEEI, per the Boston Herald. “If that was a Wednesday or Thursday practice during the regular season, you’d probably never hear anything about it. But it’s just obviously the nature of Twitter and all that social media and stuff.

“It happens on the practice field. It happens on the game field. You see so many injuries that have happened over the course of this preseason, so football is not for the faint of heart. You get bumps and bruises, and hopefully nothing is too series, and you can just bounce back from it and move on.”

Brady said he was never worried about the knee, the same one he had surgically repaired for a torn anterior cruciate ligament during the 2008 season.

“I wouldn’t say frightened,” Brady said. “You’re just wondering what happened because I didn’t obviously see anything. You just feel something and then you react. I felt bad it caused more of a media story than it actually was worthy of because I hate to really draw attention in that sort. But we were really just trying to be smart.”

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.