Tom Brady reportedly dealt with multiple injuries over final month of season

Jan 4, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) and quarterback Jarrett Stidham (4) run of off the field after warmups before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports)

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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was dealing with more than the obvious elbow ailment that landed him off and on the injury report over the final month of the season, as there was an also a foot injury that limited the 42-year-old Brady, according to the NFL Network's Mike Giardi.

Michael Giardi on Twitter

In addition to the tennis elbow that bothered Tom Brady later in the season, sources telling me Brady also dealt with a foot injury suffered at some point in December. #Patriots

Though Giardi's report is new, the belief that Brady had a lower-body injury of some sort had been lingering for a few weeks now, with Brady's mechanics looking off, and with Week 17 against the Dolphins coming with Brady wearing some all-white cleats opposed to the normal dark blue Under Armour kicks Brady wears.

But Brady did his best to downplay the footwear change coming because of an injury, and said that he felt good despite the (seemingly unusual and/or out of character) wardrobe change and extra emphasis on jogging on the sidelines.

"I felt good, I felt good," Brady said prior to the team's wild card weekend loss to the Titans when asked about the cleats and extra cardio. "I don’t think the white shoes are going to make it this week, though. I think I’m putting those things back to bed. They’re not making the cut for this game, so I’m back to my dark colored shoes."

But the elbow injury being designated as mere 'tennis elbow' and not a sign of something being structurally wrong is also a positive for Brady's future, especially as a potential trek into true free agency awaits the lifelong Patriot.

Brady finished 2019 with 24 touchdowns and 4,057 yards in 16 games for the 12-win Patriots, and finished Saturday's loss with 20 completions on 37 attempts for 209 passing yards and an interception.