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Julian Edelman injury: New England Patriots WR’s knee expected to cause him to ‘miss game time’ (report)

MassLive.com logo MassLive.com 10/29/2020 Matt Vautour, masslive.com

The New England Patriots already beleaguered passing game is expected to be missing its most experienced piece for Sunday’s showdown with the Buffalo Bills.

Edelman wasn’t at Patriots practice Thursday as he battles a knee injury.

Citing a source, Jeff Howe of the Athletic said the injury will cost him some game time. Howe tweeted:

“Julian Edelman is absent from practice and is expected to miss some game action, according to a source. He’s been dealing with a knee injury.”

Followed by:

“Edelman’s knee injury is not expected to cost him the remainder of the season. It could require surgery, though.”

Edelman and N’Keal Harry, who is in concussion protocol both missed practice Thursday leaving New England with just Damiere Byrd, Gunner Olszewski and Jakobi Meyers as healthy receivers n the active roster. Matthew Slater is also technically a receiver but has been used exclusively on special teams.

Edelman, 34, leads the Patriots with 21 catches for 315 yards this season. He had 11 catches for 179 yards in Week 2 against Seattle, but his production has dropped off since. He has a combined three catches for 21 yards over the past two games as he’s struggled to get open while trying to play through the injury.

He had 100 catches for 1,117 yards and six touchdowns in last year.

Edelman has been one of many Patriots players rumored to be a trade candidate if New England chooses to be a seller at Tuesday’s trade deadline, but the injury almost certainly makes it unlikely he’ll be traded.

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