Nov 6, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz (86) leaves the field after facing the Seattle Seahawks at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals TE Zach Ertz had surgery to repair ACL, MCL

Arizona Cardinals tight end Zach Ertz said Thursday that he underwent surgery to repair both his ACL and his MCL after suffering a season-ending left knee injury last month.

“We didn’t think the ACL was involved early on,” Ertz told reporters at a press conference where he accepted the Cardinals’ Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

“And then it just was partially torn and it wouldn’t have lasted long-term, so we had to get in and get both done. I’m glad it’s behind me now.”

Ertz said his goal is to be ready for Week 1 of the 2023 season but is only in the beginning stages of his rehab process.

Ertz, 32, was carted off the field Nov. 13 during a 27-17 win over the Los Angeles Rams. NFL Network reported at the time that he had suffered a season-ending knee injury.

The veteran tight end was in his first full season with the Cardinals after spending the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles traded him to Arizona before the deadline in 2021.

Ertz had 47 receptions for 406 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games, all starts, in 2022. In 10 NFL campaigns he has caught 682 passes for 7,247 yards and 45 touchdowns. He was a Pro Bowler for three straight seasons in 2017-19.

–Field Level Media

Jun 9, 2021; Tampa, FL, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) at AdventHealth Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Tom Brady played 2020 season on fully torn MCL

The legend of Tom Brady continues to grow.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion quarterback underwent knee surgery in February, with Brady calling it “pretty serious” in May. That much is known.

But Thursday, competing reports only added to the mystery and intrigue of Brady’s left knee.

The Tampa Bay Times opened with a report that Brady played the entire 2020 season on a partially torn MCL, only to be outdone with an NFL Network report that said it was actually fully torn.

Further, Brady reportedly sustained the injury in his final season with the New England Patriots in 2019.

“It was an injury I dealt with really since last, you know, April, May,” Brady said last month, following the Bucs’ mandatory minicamp. “I knew I would have to do something at the end of the year and happy I did it. It was probably something that certainly needed to be done and there was a great outcome so I’m very happy about that. I feel like there’s some things I’ll be able to do this year that I wasn’t able to do last year.”

Brady threw for 4,633 yards and 40 touchdowns against 12 interceptions during the regular season, adding another 1,061 yards with 10 TDs in the postseason, including the Super Bowl victory.

–Field Level Media