Patriots' Tom Brady (elbow) questionable vs. Cowboys

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Friday's arrival of injury reports across the NFL delivered a surprise.

Tom Brady (right elbow) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Brady is expected to play, though. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero later added that the Pats will monitor Brady's elbow issue into Saturday and reassess the situation.

Brady was a late addition to the injury report, appearing only on Friday as a limited participant alongside a lengthy list of teammates, including tackle Marcus Cannon (illness), safety Patrick Chung (heel/chest), and receivers Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Julian Edelman (shoulder).

A few saw slight upgrades in status Friday: receiver Mohamed Sanu (ankle) went from a non-participant to limited, while receiver Matthew Slater (hamstring) and cornerback Jason McCourty (groin) were also late additions as limited participants.

Brady had a long run of landing on the injury report back in the day of probable statuses, typically with the listed health issue related to his right shoulder. But a surprise questionable designation at the end of the week, well after the midpoint of the regular season, with a concern related to the elbow on his throwing arm is mildly alarming.

We didn't hear anything about it during the week and we'd be hard-pressed to believe he won't play, but as the temperature changes and the 42-year-old Brady continues to battle Father Time, it's worth monitoring -- especially as New England's offense struggles to lift itself out of its month-long funk.

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