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Dr. Flynn’s Mailbag: On Tom Brady’s Achilles, effectiveness of padding, and helmet technology

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Let’s jump right into the biggest news of the week: Tom Brady’s Achilles injury. Brady missed practice on Tuesday with an Achilles injury, which has been reported to be “not serious.” But when did it happen? It’s hard to know. The Patriots are very tight-lipped about injuries. The two most likely scenarios are that it is either tendonitis that could have been bothering him at a lower level for a while or a more acute strain of the tendon that could have occurred during Sunday’s game.

Looked like Brady's ankle got tied in knots on the K Mack RTP play in the 4th Q. Might that have contributed to an Achilles strain? (Andy Johnson 100, @100Zeus)