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Patriots' Tom Brady Talks Elbow Injury After Being Hit by Helmet in Chiefs Loss

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 9, 2019

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady lands on the turf after being sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady provided an update on his elbow during his weekly appearance on WEEI's Greg Hill Show on Monday morning following Sunday night's 23-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's all right... just took a helmet on the inside of it," he said. "Just going to try and get some extra treatment and be 100 percent for next week."

For the Patriots, Sunday's loss was their second in a row and their third in the past five games after starting the season 8-0. It was also the third time in the last four games the offense has failed to score 20 or more points. New England is just 2-3 against teams with winning records. 

"It hasn't been an easy season," Brady said Monday, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI. "That's fine. It's like every other year. Each season has its own unique challenges. We've faced them and we have to learn from them."

It hasn't been an easy season for the 42-year-old, either.

While the Michigan product has thrown for 3,437 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions, his 60.5 completion percentage is the lowest mark he's posted since 2013. His QBR (51.6) ranks 18th in the NFL, while his passer rating (86.5) is just 22nd, behind players like Ryan Tannehill (118.5), Teddy Bridgewater (98.9), Case Keenum (94.8), Gardner Minshew II (90.3) and even Mitchell Trubisky (86.9).

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tom Brady posted a 36.7 Total QBR in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. That marks Brady’s 4th straight game with a QBR under 40, his longest streak since QBR first became available in 2006. https://t.co/ePzb47oDvs

Granted, the Patriots are devoid of dynamic offensive weapons outside of slot receiver Julian Edelman. New England ranks 23rd in rushing (96.2 yards per game) and lacks any true vertical threats in the passing game. 

Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable

Tom Brady to Julian Edelman: 8-12, 96 yards Tom Brady to everyone else: 11-24, 74 yards

Ryan Hannable @RyanHannable

Tom Brady on @TheGregHillShow asked about Mohamed Sanu (1 catch, 1 target): I have to do a better job [getting] him the ball because he can do good things with it. ... You have to get the ball to guys who can make plays and he's one of them.

If it weren't for the team's elite defense and easy early schedule, New England's 10-3 record might look a lot different. 

However, dismiss the Patriots' Super Bowl chances at your own peril. Head coach Bill Belichick and Brady have won six rings together—they're always a threat. But New England looks far more vulnerable than they have in years, and a huge part of that is the team's impotent offense. 

A lingering elbow injury to Brady won't help. The hope will be in New England that Brady's elbow is fully recovered by Week 15.