New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Breer reports that Edelman had a screw inserted into his foot on Monday.
Edelman sustained the injury at the end of the first quarter of the Patriots’ victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. The wide receiver caught a 12-yard pass before his leg appeared to roll under Giants linebacker Jasper Brinkley. He was ruled out of the game after halftime.
Edelman reportedly fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in the mid-foot, an injury also known as a Jones fracture.
“There’s nothing that’s really seamless when you lose a great player,” Patriots quarterback Tom Bradysaid of Edelman’s injury. “When it’s someone that’s been the leading receiver on your team for multiple years and you lose them, it’s not like you go, ‘OK, well, let’s just put someone else in.’ He’s too good of a player for that.”
Prior to his injury, Edelman had 61 receptions for 692 yards and seven touchdowns over nine games this season. He leads the Patriots in receptions this season, but it second to Rob Gronkowski in receiving yards.
Aaron Dobson is listed behind Edleman at the receiver position on the Patriots’ depth chart and Danny Amendola is listed behind him as punt returner.
The undefeated Patriots are set to take on the Buffalo Bills (5–4) on Monday night. New England defeated the Bills 40–32 in Week 2.
- Xandria James