Patriots fear Julian Edelman tore knee ligament in preseason game

Julian Edelman is taken off the field on a cart. (Duane Burleson/Associated Press)

The Patriots’ dress rehearsal for the regular season may have cost them an important cast member. During their preseason Week 3 win Friday over the Lions, veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman was carted off the field with what the team fears is a ruptured knee ligament.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England was left with an initial suspicion that Edelman had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which would end his season. He is set to undergo further testing, including an MRI exam, on Saturday.

Edelman suffered the injury without contact, while he was making a cut after a receiving a pass in the first quarter of the Patriots’ 30-28 victory in Detroit. He limped off the field and was evaluated on the sideline before being taken to the locker room on a cart.