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#pounditThursday, January 20, 2022

Report: Julian Edelman expected to be ‘fine’ following hand injury

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Julian Edelman gave New England Patriots fans a scare when he was forced to leave Thursday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants early with an injury, but the team is apparently not concerned about it.

Edelman was playing in his first preseason game after missing several weeks with a broken thumb, and the initial fear was that he re-aggravated the same injury. However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it was actually a separate hand injury and Edelman is expected to be “fine.”

Based on that report, it would be a surprise if Edelman did not play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1.

Edelman is by far Tom Brady’s favorite target, and Brady could look to him even more often this season with Rob Gronkowski having retired. The 33-year-old receiver caught 74 passes for 850 yards and six touchdowns last season despite appearing in just 12 games, as we was suspended to start the year.


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