Patriots QB Tom Brady said Wednesday that he feels great, but a source close to the team revealed that the All-Pro quarterback is dealing with a form of tennis elbow.
Also known as lateral epicondylitis, tennis elbow is a painful inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow, according to the official website of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. It most often comes as a result of overuse.
Typically, surgery is not needed for tennis elbow, a common ailment in athletes, unless it is chronically persistent. Brady should be able to play through the injury readily provided he can tolerate the pain.
Brady has been seen icing his elbow down after being hit in the area against the Cowboys on Oct. 16 in Week Six, and he has worn a black elbow band near the spot in subsequent games. Previous published reports have said that Brady has a bone bruise, but the team source told PFW that the specific ailment was tennis elbow.
The source also indicated that the team is resting Brady as much as it can during the week as opposed to his normal practice regimen. The person did not want his identity revealed because of the team's unwritten policy on discussing injuries with the media.
When asked during his weekly media session whether he was dealing with any physical ailments, Brady denied he was significantly injured.
"No, I feel great," Brady said. "I feel great. I'm excited about this week and I'll be out there on Sunday, as I am all week, unless they tell me I can't be. I'l be out there, I feel great, and I'm going to try to go play my best football."
The Patriots play the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday. Philly has QB health issues of its own. Michael Vick (broken ribs) had not practiced as of Wednesday and could give way once more to Vince Young. Against the Giants in his first start with the Eagles, Young threw three interceptions but led the game-winning, 18-play drive in the 17-10 victory.