Patriots ‘have to move on’ after losing Julian Edelman for the season

Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick is focused on moving forward after it was confirmed  today that wide receiver Julian Edelman was lost for the season with a torn ACL.

“We feel badly for Julian and hope that he has a speedy and complete recovery,” Belichick said.

“The team will have to move on and we’ll have to compete in this season without him. It is unfortunate but that’s the way it so we will have to figure that out.”

Edelman, 31, sustained the injury at the end of an 18-yard reception in the opening drive of the Patriots 30-28 victory over the Detroit Lions on Friday night.

Edelman caught a short pass over the middle from quarterback Tom Brady and began weaving his way through the Lions’ secondary. His knee twisted the wrong way while attempting to elude Lions safety Tavon Wilson on the Detroit 14 yard line. Edelman had three catches for 52 yards before he was carted of the field.

The injury robs Tom Brady of his go-to receiver who has been an integral cog in the offense since 2013. But the Patriots still have tremendous depth among pass catchers like Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Danny Amendola for when the season opens Sept. 7 against Kansas City.

Edelman was Brady’s featured target last season with 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns. A seventh round pick in the 2009 NFL

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