Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman sustained a non-contact leg injury in the first quarter of Friday's preseason game against the Detroit Lions, and an MRI confirmed that Edelman has a complete tear of his ACL in his right knee, as reported by The MMQB's Albert Breer.
The Patriots later confirmed that Edelman will miss the entire 2017 season.
Edelman went to the ground after trying to cut upfield after making a catch. The 31-year-old immediately grabbed his right knee and was carted off the field into the locker room for further evaluation.
With 356 catches for 20 scores over the past four seasons, Edelman has become one of Tom Brady’s favorite targets.
His loss creates a massive hole in the Patriots offense. The onus will be on new addition Brandin Cooks and reserve wideout Chris Hogan to pick up the load.