New England Patriots

Dec 8, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks on during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. (Paul Rutherford/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

FOXBOROUGH — As if things couldn’t get any worse for the stop-and-start, inconsistent Patriot offense, quarterback Tom Brady showed up to his postgame press conference with his throwing elbow wrapped the size of three winter coats.

Previously listed on the injury report with an elbow ailment, it’s hard to imagine that the 42-year-old’s ‘bow felt any better on a night that saw him thumped countless times as the Chiefs happily dialed up their share of blitzes.

“I just got hit right on my elbow,” Brady, who finished with 169 yards and a touchdown behind a 19-for-36 night, said. “It’s fine.”

While it’s unknown if this was a one-play kind of aggravation or a cumulative effect of the beating Brady took behind a sluggish offensive line, there was one play in the first half that really seemed to stick out, as Kansas City linebacker Reggie Ragland appeared to drive his helmet squarely into Brady’s elbow on a followthrough to take No. 12 down to the turf.

And while Brady made a prediction for Wednesday’s injury report, he has no doubts about his availability for next Sunday’s head-to-head with the Bengals.

“It’ll probably be on the injury report,” Brady said with a smirk, “but I’ll be there next Sunday.”

Brady and the Patriots will head to Cincy looking to avoid their first three-game losing streak since 2002.

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