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Tom Brady shares update on injured elbow after 'a lot of extra treatment'

Tom Brady shares update on injured elbow after 'a lot of extra treatment'

Tom Brady hasn't missed a game due to injury since 2008, and he's not about to now.

But the New England Patriots quarterback still isn't fully healthy.

Brady took a hit on his right elbow during last Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs and admitted Thursday night he's spent additional time with personal trainer Alex Guerrero this week to deal with the injury.

"It’s responded well," Brady told Jim Gray during his weekly interview on Westwood One. "I’ve gotten a lot of extra treatment with Alex, my body coach. It’s been good to be out there the last couple days participating and doing everything I can do. Any time you come off a tough loss you want to get back out on the practice field to try and improve with your teammates."

Brady appeared on last week's injury report with the elbow ailment and appeared to exacerbate it against the Chiefs. He was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, and while he participated fully Thursday, the elbow still appeared to affect him.

The 42-year-old said he'll be ready to go against the Cincinnati Bengals, though.

"I'm feeling good," Brady added. "It’s Week 15. Everyone is dealing with a couple bumps and bruises at this point, some worse than that. I'm very fortunate to be out there getting ready to go for a competitive game in Cincinnati on Sunday."

 

Brady threw for just 169 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Kansas City, as the Patriots' offense has scored 22 points or fewer in five consecutive games, its longest streak in the Bill Belichick era.

If anything, Patriots fans should hope for a non-competitive game in Cincinnati so Brady can limit his workload and get healthier for the playoffs.

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Chris Simms' Tom Brady-Ryan Tannehill take may grind Patriots fans' gears

Chris Simms' Tom Brady-Ryan Tannehill take may grind Patriots fans' gears

We can understand Derrick Henry supporting Ryan Tannehill amid speculation that Tom Brady may consider joining to the Tennessee Titans.

Tannehill is Henry's quarterback, after all. He's not going to throw him under the bus.

But Chris Simms has no stake in the game -- and still believes the Titans would be better off with Tannehill than the six-time Super Bowl champion in 2020.

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Here's Simms on Wednesday's edition of NBC Sports PFT Live with Mike Florio:

 

"Everybody out there: You're crazy!" Simms said. "Tom Brady is not better than Ryan Tannehill right now! I'm just sorry! 

"I know Tom Brady is arguably the greatest quarterback ever, certainly the most accomplished. (He's) the man. But that doesn't mean he's the best in 2020."

Simms didn't stop there, suggesting the Titans may not have defeated the Patriots in the AFC Divisional Round if Brady was under center instead of Tannehill.

"The Titans weren't a team that had weapons galore," Simms said "They didn't have great weapons (either). We didn't really know about A.J. Brown until Ryan Tannehill got in there."

Got all that, Patriots fans?

This kind of take is nothing new from Simms, who ranked Brady as the NFL's ninth-best quarterback last summer and put Matthew Stafford ahead of the 14-time Pro Bowler at the midseason point.

He's also not wrong that Tannehill was excellent last season, leading the NFL in yards per attempt (9.6) and ranking second in touchdown percentage (7.7 percent) while going 7-3 as Tennessee's starter.

But 10 starts do not an elite quarterback make -- especially a QB who had the NFL's 2019 leading rusher (Henry) taking the heat off him.

Were Brady's numbers worse than Tannehill's in 2019? Sure. His 6.6 yards per attempt were the second-lowest of his career, while his 3.9 touchdown percentage represented his lowest rate ever.

As Patriots fans will tell you, though, Brady also helped a team with a revolving door of mediocre offensive weapons score the seventh-most points in the NFL while finishing 12-4.

All debates aside, the money could prove Brady's worth compared to Tannehill: The former may command north of $30 million in free agency, while the latter might be several million below that number.

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NFL odds: Where Patriots rank in new Teddy Bridgewater free agent betting lines

NFL odds: Where Patriots rank in new Teddy Bridgewater free agent betting lines

Drew Brees' expected return to the New Orleans Saints could force Teddy Bridgewater to take his talents to a new team in the 2020 NFL season.

Bridgewater spent the 2019 season as Brees' backup in New Orleans, and he played very well. The 27-year-old went 5-0 in Brees' absence, helping the Saints win the NFC South division and ultimately finish with a 13-3 record.

Bridgewater should have no shortage of suitors if/when he hits the free agent market. In fact, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler recently reported that, "Multiple teams expect Teddy Bridgewater to have a strong free agency market as a starting or bridge quarterback for a team in transition."

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Oddsmakers have pegged the Carolina Panthers as the betting favorite to land Bridgewater in free agency at +200. This makes sense given Carolina's uncertainty at quarterback. Cam Newton missed most of last season due to injury and has no guaranteed money remaining on his contract. It's probably time for Newton and the Panthers to part ways, and Bridgewater would be a solid replacement. 

The New England Patriots are longshots to sign Bridgewater at +1500 odds. Here's the full list of Bridgewater's free agent odds, via Sportsline:

The Patriots still don't know who will be their starting quarterback next season. The best-case scenario is signing six-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady to a new contract. Brady is able to test free agency for the first time in his 20-year career, but if he wants to win a seventh championship, returning to New England makes the most sense for him. 

If Brady goes somewhere else, it's possible the Patriots look to free agency to find a new quarterback, where Bridgewater would be among the best players available. They also could just go with Jarrett Stidham, who New England drafted out of Auburn in the fourth round last year.

Regardless of what happens with Brady, the Patriots acquiring Bridgewater just doesn't seem realistic, and it appears oddsmakers agree.

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