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After Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes dislocated his kneecap on Thursday night against the Broncos, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked Saturday about how he, at 42 years old, avoids injury on quarterback sneaks.

“Pliability, man,” Brady told reporters. “That’s what I work on every day.”

Brady is adept at the short-yardage sneak like the one Mahomes converted on fourth down before being injured. Brady has scored two touchdowns on sneaks this season, one in Week 2 against the Dolphins and another in Week 6 against the Giants on Thursday Night Football. He didn’t think Mahomes’s injury, which will keep him out at least 4-6 weeks according to reports, was a freak injury.

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“I mean, it’s football, Brady said. “It’s a contact sport so guys get hurt all the time. I think that’s the nature of a physical sport or ... you run around, it’s part of it. So you’ve just got to do the best you can to try to avoid getting injured, but sometimes you can’t.

“I’m just trying to get the first down [on sneaks]. If that’s what it’s got to be, I try to get as many yards as I can, so I try to go to the soft spot of the defense and, yeah, try to get as many as I can.”


Brandon Chase can be reached at brandon.chase@globe.com.