Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman left Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with a foot injury and was ruled out after halftime. According to multiple reports, New England’s leading receiver has a broken bone but could return by the playoffs.
Edelman will have surgery on Monday to repair the damage, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.
The injury is a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in the mid-foot, Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo reports, an injury known as a Jones fracture. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant also had a Jones fracture earlier this season.
Edelman was evaluated by trainers after catching a 12-yard pass and appearing to roll his leg under Giants linebacker Jasper Brinkley. After a short time on the bench, Edelman was taken to the locker room for further examination. He left in the second quarter and never came back into the game.
Edleman entered Sunday with 57 catches for 637 yards and seven touchdowns. He caught four passes for 53 yards before leaving Sunday’s game.
Aaron Dobson is listed behind Edelman at receiver on the Patriots’ depth chart. Danny Amendola is listed behind Edelman at punt returner. Edelman leads the Patriots in receptions but is second to Rob Gronkowski in receiving yards.