Friday, October 21, 2016, 6:26pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 7. Edelman’s foot issues will likely continue throughout the season. He should be fine to play against the Steelers, but the Patriots do play late. If he’s questionable, owners should have a fallback option.
Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:10pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Edelman’s foot issues will likely continue throughout the season. He should be fine to play against the Steelers, but the Patriots do play late. If he’s questionable, owners should have a fallback option.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 6:41pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Edelman should be fine to play, though he hasn’t done much (5-35, 4-30) in two games with Tom Brady despite seeing 17 targets in two weeks.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:01pm
Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 6:42pm
Friday, October 7, 2016, 6:27pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 5. Edelman is expected to play this week. He gets a bump with the return of “Angry” Tom Brady.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) was added to the injury report Thursday after taking limited practice reps. Midweek downgrades are usually a bad sign, so Edelman’s Friday participation will be key. The Patriots play early on Sunday.
Tom Brady’s four-game suspension came to an end after the Patriots stumbled to a 16-0 loss to the Bills on Sunday and he’s allowed to rejoin the team at their facility on Monday after a month spent lounging in Italy and attending Michigan football games among other things.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels told WEEI on Monday morning that he’s already spoken to Brady, something he was barred from doing during the suspension, and Brady’s most frequent receiver in recent years is looking forward to getting back to work.
“It’s going to be good,” Julian Edelman said Sunday in comments distributed by the team. “He’s our leader and it’s going to be great to have him out there. We’re going to have to have a great week of preparation to get back in sync, that’s where it all starts from, going out there and having a good week in practice. We had a good practice this week, we just didn’t turn it on, and like I said, you can’t get behind in the count, especially against a team like that who plays really good defense.”
If you believe in the Angry Tom theory, Brady can be thrown right into lineups for Week 5. Keep in mind there may be some timing issues. But, there's even a chance Brady is a little more angry rejoining a team that's 3-1 as opposed to 4-0 after this past week's loss to the Bills. Brady being back is an obvious fantasy upgrade for Edelman and TE Rob Gronkowski.
Through three regular-season games, the snaps played by New England Patriots wide receivers have provided early-season insight on how the coaching staff views the group.
It's notable that Hogan is leading the way and Edelman is trailing by a significant amount. The story said Amendola's time is down but his impact hasn't been significant with a couple of key third down catches to go along with two touchdowns catches. The story added Amendola usually plays in three-WR sets but sometimes the team opts to have Hogan, Edelman and Mitchell together instead. Keep in mind, Amendola missed all of training camp so it's possible the numbers even out a bit going forward.
Julian Edelman did not receive much work in 11-on-11s, but he roasted the Bears secondary in one-on-ones and seven-on-sevens. Edelman's quickness is unparalleled. Bears corners Tracy Porter and Joel Ross might as well have been blindfolded.
The story added it's the first Edelman has practiced since Aug. 9. He also took a pass over the middle and turned it upfield, taking an unexpected hit that nearly led to another fight. It's good sign Edelman is back and his quickness seems to have returned as well.
No details on Gronkowski's situation have emerged, but it's possible that he simply felt the early signs of a muscle cramp. Temperatures reached the 90s Monday, and Gronk has many muscles to cramp.
In all likelihood, Gronk will sit in the preseason, as will Julian Edelman.
The story was mostly about just how cautious can the Pats be with Gronk. After a healthy 2016, hopefully for owners this was just a cramping situation. At some point, Gronk and Edelman will have to get back out there.
A day after tweaking his foot in practice and violently spiking his helmet in frustration, Patriots WR Julian Edelman was back on the field wearing shorts and shells, catching passes and even leaving his feet cleanly.
The return confirms that Edelman's injury wasn't serious, which NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Tuesday. The receiver underwent offseason surgery on his left foot.
That the Patriots were comfortable with Edelman returning a day after leaving practice early, especially in the rain, speaks volumes about his health. We needn't worry that Tuesday's injury will keep the team's top wideout off the field to start the season.
In 28 games over the past two seasons (including the playoffs), Edelman has averaged 7.0 catches for 75 yards and 0.43 TD on 10.3 targets per game. That works out to low-end WR1 numbers in PPR formats, so as long as he's healthy -- a serious caveat, obviously -- he should provide good value in the 4th round of fantasy drafts.
Bill Belichick's toughest task in 2016 is not readying Jimmy Garoppolo, or figuring out the best offensive line combination, or figuring out a semi-functional offensive line grouping. His toughest task is figuring out how to best approach the injuries that lingered into the offseason.
And there are several factors in play here. The Pats want to preserve guys like Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis for late in the season, but they also want to give Garoppolo the best chance at winning in Weeks 1-4. They don't want to be in a position where Garoppolo goes 1-3 and Brady needs to go 11-1 to secure a first-round bye.
The author goes through some options the team has with both players. While Edelman's injury may not be serious, the fact is he didn't make it through many practices since being declared healthy. The story also talked about the possibility of the team keeping Lewis on the PUP list into the season through Week 7. Edelman can't go back on the PUP list, but he can go to IR and come back at any time. This is just one opinion of course, but it's something for potential owners to keep in mind.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that based on initial exams, the injury is not believed to be serious, per a source.
Edelman's status will be updated as more news leaks.
The receiver injured himself during a one-on-one drill, then took himself off the field, slamming his helmet on the ground. He then had his lower leg examined by Pats trainers on the field before walking off under his own power, NFL Media's Courtney Fallon reported.
Encouraging news. Edelman came back from the PUP list earlier than expected, but as the story said, the Pats likely won't take a lot more chances with Edelman before the season starts.
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