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Tom Brady jokes that discussing his injuries is a HIPAA violation

Tom Brady may be battling through some nagging injuries as the regular season winds down, but at least it appears his funny bone is 100% healthy.

Brady’s name appeared on the New England Patriots’ latest injury report due to what is disclosed as toe and right elbow issues. Heading into Sunday’s AFC heavyweight bout against the Kansas City Chiefs, Brady addressed his injury issues, albeit with a heavy dose of humor.

“That might be the first time my toe’s ever been on the injury report,” Brady said Thursday night during his weekly appearance on Westwood One Sports, as shared by Mike Reiss of ESPN. “You know us Patriots. We’re pretty diligent about listing everything, so I guess we have to make mention of my toe now as well.”

Then, when specifically addressing his elbow injury, Brady cracked that discussing such issues could be considered a violation of health care privacy laws.

“Isn’t there some HIPAA violation or something like that, when I start talking about all my injuries? I’m doing pretty good,” Brady said. “At this time of the year, I’ll take it. I’ll take anything if I’m still able to go out there and feel like I can play my best. I’m feeling really good, really positive about this week. We have a really great challenge ahead of us.”

To lend some background to Brady’s wisecrack, a HIPAA violation amounts to “the risks to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of protected health information.”

Beyond his well-informed joke, Brady has not been shy about openly expressing his frustrations with the Patriots’ struggles on offense throughout the season, both on and off the field. That said, his sense of humor, especially on social media, nevertheless still manages to come out from time to time.

Much has been made this season about the possibility that Brady’s age is finally catching up with him, but it would be foolish to count the 42-year-old quarterback out, as the veteran will get the chance to silence all the naysayers come January with yet another opportunity to shine in the postseason.