Quarterback Tom Brady has been dealing with a bone bruise in his right arm near the elbow since being hit against the Cowboys Oct. 16, according to two league sources.
It is a minor injury and one that should improve and even clear up completely as the season goes along, according to Mike Ludwikowski, a renowned athletic trainer at Susquehanna Health in Williamsport, Pa.
“It could very well get better before the end of the season,’’ he said. “It’s definitely manageable. I’m sure the trainers are doing stretching and icing.’’
Brady was seen icing the elbow during the Cowboys game, and has been wearing a black band below the elbow, which is usually associated with tendinitis, in subsequent games. That would be a byproduct of the contusion, as would any unusual inaccuracy.
“If he’s wearing the band, it could be he has a little inflammation or tendinitis,’’ Ludwikowski said. “For a quarterback it’s usually more extensor tendinitis because that’s how you deliver the football.
“It could affect his release because the triceps tendon attaches right there, you have all your forearm muscles there, your extensors and flexors to hold a football. If you get a bone bruise, he’d accommodate his release a little bit to accommodate the bone bruise.
“Sometimes you wear the band because it feels good, and if it feels good, you’re going to play better.’’