BOSTON (AP) -The New England Patriots offered their continued and undiminished support for injured quarterback Tom Brady on Thursday, denying a broadcast report that they are upset that he opted against the team's preferred doctors and decided to have surgery on the West Coast.
After published reports said Brady needed two more operations to clean out an infection in his surgically repaired knee, ESPN.com, citing a source it did not identify, reported that ``the Patriots, as an organization, are upset with the situation because they were clear that they wanted Brady's surgery done under the direction of doctors of their choosing in Boston.''
Later Thursday, the Patriots issued a one-paragraph statement affirming their support for the quarterback who led them to three Super Bowl titles.
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Brady was injured in the first quarter of the season opener on a hit by Kansas City Chiefs safety Bernard Pollard. He has been widely reported to have torn an anterior cruciate ligament, but he and the team have not given specifics on the injury or commented on his recovery.
In a statement posted on his Web site, Brady confirmed for the first time on Saturday that he has had two operations on the knee.
The Boston Herald reported on Thursday that Brady has undergone two more procedures since then to try to fight an infection. The newspaper said Brady is on a six-week course of intravenous antibiotics and will continue to have follow-up exams at the clinic in Los Angeles where he had the surgery.
If the infection is not brought under control, the Herald reports, the patellar tendon graft used to replace Brady's anterior cruciate ligament could become compromised. If that happens, Brady could need to redo the surgery - likely delaying his rehabilitation.

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