Chargers defensive lineman Antonio Garay learned that the hard way, as he was fined $15,000 for his hit below Brady's knees on Sunday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Garay dove at Brady as the quarterback was throwing a pass on Sunday. Brady went down awkwardly, and Patriots fans who watched a similar hit end the quarterback's season in 2008 held their collective breath. Brady turned out to be OK, and he thanked his knee brace for it.
"I'm glad I had a knee brace on," Brady said on WEEI the following day. "Those are scary, man, when you've been through those ones before. He got me in a good spot and I'm glad the knee brace took the brunt of the force. Why I never wore a knee brace before, I have no idea, and why every quarterback doesn't wear one on their left knee I have no idea. It's just so unprotected."