New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has a finger injury and will be out about three weeks, ESPN reported on Monday.
May 23, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman (11) runs a play during organized team activities at Gillette Stadium practice field. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Over the weekend, Edelman had a brace on his left thumb while working at his youth camp, and whether the thumb was broken wasn’t clear.
The Patriots open training camp later this week in Foxborough, Mass.
With Edelman on the sideline, quarterback Tom Brady will be without his favorite target, having already lost tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement. He also will be missing receiver Josh Gordon, who is suspended, and offensive weapons Sony Michel and Demaryius Thomas, who are on the physically unable to perform list as camp opens.
“I’m extremely excited for the new year. This is a new team,” Edelman said at his camp, per ESPN. “With training camp coming up, this is kind of like when school is back in session. We had summer break. You get to see all the fellas and this is where you learn your team, learn each other and become accountable for each other, and create a consistency together.
“This is like the beginning shape form of your team, these next few weeks. It’s a crucial point. You put a lot of hard work in during the spring and it’s the next step until you’re playing with other teams. “
Edelman is entering his 10th NFL season, all with New England. In 2018, he caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns in 12 games. He served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances.
Edelman had 10 receptions for 141 yards and was named MVP of New England’s 13-3 win against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3.
In May, the Patriots finalized a two-year extension worth $21 million with the 33-year-old receiver.
—Field Level Media