In the almost 9 months since Tom Brady was last seen on a football field, he's added a wife, a few pounds and a knee brace that won't let him forget the injury that cost him all of last season.
"The reality is, in this sport, you really never know. Any day could be your last day in football," the New England Patriots quarterback told a crush of reporters after practice yesterday.
In his first news conference since torn knee ligaments finished his 2008 season in the opening game, Brady said he has moved on from the injury.
Having married supermodel Gisele Bundchen and spent some extra time with his 21-month-old son, Jack, Brady said he's grown more appreciative of the things that are important to him.
One of them is football.
Brady had surgery in October and then another to clear up an infection, and he wore a knee brace under his long sweat pants yesterday.
"You wake up the next day and think, 'Was that a dream? Because that's not really how I thought it was going to go,' " Brady said. "I think I felt bad for myself that night, and I think I moved on after that."
On another topic, Brady says that contrary to an online report, his wife is not pregnant.
* Relieved that he is not a suspect, New York Jets safety Kerry Rhodes says he cannot discuss the investigation of a possible rape at his New Jersey home.
According to police, a Canadian tourist said she met Rhodes and another man at a Manhattan nightclub last Friday night or early Saturday before being taken to a home in Morristown, N.J., where Rhodes owns a town house. The Morris County prosecutor said this week Rhodes is "not the target of any criminal investigation."
* Former Lions defensive back and receiver Terry Barr, a rookie on Detroit's last championship team in 1957, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 73. Barr died at his Bloomfield Hills, Mich., home.
* Indianapolis Colts cornerback Marlin Jackson is back on the field and running back Mike Hart may not be far behind.
Jackson's early return to practice surprised some because it normally takes players a full year to recover from ACL surgery. Jackson had his surgery Dec. 1. Hart also tore his ACL in October and said he could pretty much do everything - if asked.
* Former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith pleaded not guilty to several charges including possession of cocaine and marijuana.
Smith, who played 10 seasons for Jacksonville, was pulled over April 23 on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville for excessive window tint on his vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Police said they found the drugs after searching his vehicle.
* The Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League granted Mike Vanderjagt's request to be released, though the former Colts kicker said he's not necessarily retiring. *