Patriots announce star WR Julian Edelman will miss 2017 season

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season because of a right knee injury, the team announced Saturday.

Edelman suffered the noncontact injury in the first quarter of Friday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions.

The Patriots did not disclose a specific diagnosis, but a league source confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Edelman suffered a torn ACL. The full extent of the injury was first reported Saturday by The MMQB.

“Julian is a great competitor, works hard, is tough, does all the things that you ask him to do. So I feel badly for him, of course,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Saturday. ” … We hope that he will have a speedy and complete recovery, but the team will have to move on and compete this season without him. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the way it is.”

From the standpoint of offensive production, Belichick said the team “has to move forward with the resources we have. Unfortunately, we’ve lost one. An important one. But as a team we still have to

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