Brady and others have alluded to the veteran quarterback playing through a significant issue this past season, but this is the first time the details have been confirmed.
Stroud says Brady actually suffered the injury during his final season with the Patriots in 2019.
He’s expected to be fully healthy and ready to roll in 2021 as Tampa Bay tries to repeat as Super Bowl champions.
Brady, 43, is a former sixth-round pick of the Patriots back in 2000. He was in the final year of his two-year, $41 million contract when he agreed to another two-year extension in 2017.
Brady made $23 million for the 2019 season and was testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent last offseason when he agreed to a fully guaranteed two-year, $50 million deal with the Buccaneers.
In 2020, Brady appeared in all 16 games for the Buccaneers and threw for 4,633 yards, 40 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed for six yards and three touchdowns.