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Tom Brady And Tony Allen Have Something In Common

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Both tore their ACLs.  Kay Lazar has an interesting look at ACL injuries and how quarterbacks differ from most other positions and athletes.

Orthopedic surgeons who routinely work with athletes say quarterbacks generally place less strain on their knees than athletes whose positions require more explosive, side-to-side movement.

"Quarterbacks, in my experience, return more quickly then running backs and wide receivers, the guys who have to do the quick cutting and planting maneuvers," said Dr.Paul Weitzel, an orthopedic surgeon at the Boston Sports & Shoulder Center, which is affiliated with New England Baptist Hospital.

Weitzel, who works with the Boston Celtics, reconstructed the ACL in Celtics guard Tony Allen's left knee in January 2007. Allen missed the rest of the 2006-2007 season and struggled to come back last season.

But Weitzel and other sports specialists said basketball players tend to beat up their knees more than football players and require longer rehabilitation times because of the daily pounding on the court and their quick lateral movements.