New England’s worst fears have been realized. Julian Edelman is done for the season.
An MRI on Saturday revealed that Edelman indeed suffered an ACL tear in his right knee during Friday’s preseason win over the Lions, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported. The Patriots’ Super Bowl hero will miss the entire 2017 campaign.
The MMQB’s Albert Breer first reported the news.
Edelman went down on a non-contact play as he was scampering through the secondary on his third catch of the opening drive, and then limped off the field. He was later carted to the locker room and did not return.
The 32-year-old receiver has been Brady’s most reliable target for years. Edelman has earned more than nine targets per game over the last four seasons and has averaged more than 11 yards per catch the past five years. He is coming off a career-high 1,106-yard 2016 season. Edelman signed a two-year, $11 million contract with $7 million guaranteed before this offseason.
As far as injuries to New England’s offense go, this one hurts, but doesn’t derail the train as much as a sidelined Rob Gronkowski or — heavens forbid — Tom Brady would. The plug-and-play nature of the Patriots’ attack should
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