Julian Edelman suffered a possible head injury during Saturday’s game between his New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills.
Edelman was called for a pass interference on a rub route in the third quarter, wiping out what would have been a 33-yard touchdown by Benjamin Watson. As if getting called for the penalty to call back the TD weren’t enough, Edelman got nailed in a collision and appeared to suffer an injury.
Julian Edelman is hurt because of this play. pic.twitter.com/dYqO8VsehL
— Jordan Moore (@iJordanMoore) December 21, 2019
Edelman first went into the medical tent on the sideline and was then seen going into the team’s locker room. NFL Network later shared that Edelman was being evaluated for a possible head injury.
Edelman entered the game with a significant knee injury and had four catches for 42 yards prior to exiting.
Julian Edelman has been dealing with some injuries in recent weeks that clearly limited him in last week’s win over the Cincinnati Bengals, but the star wide receiver is not expected to miss Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Edelman will likely play Sunday, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that he is “probably less banged up” this week than he was a week ago.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 20, 2019
Edelman is one of the tougher players in the NFL, and it would take a very serious ailment to keep him out of a game as important as the one the New England Patriots have in Week 16. They could clinch the AFC East and move a step closer to a first-round bye in the playoffs with a win over Buffalo.
Some of the recent reports we have heard about Edelman’s knee injury do not sound encouraging, but the Patriots desperately need him on the field given their lack of talent on offense. Depending on how Sunday goes, they may decide to hold him out for precautionary reasons when they close out the regular season next week with a home game against the Miami Dolphins.
Julian Edelman is the one player on offense aside from Tom Brady that the New England Patriots can least afford to lose, and his health heading into the final two games of the regular season must be a major concern for the team.
Edelman was listed on the Patriots’ injury report last week with knee and shoulder injuries, but he played in Sunday’s 34-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. He did not appear to be anywhere near 100 percent, however, catching just two passes for nine yards and not running the crisp routes we are accustomed to seeing from him. According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, that is because Edelman has some tendon damage in his left knee.
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) December 16, 2019
Giardi added that Edelman received treatment three times a day leading up to Sunday so he could play, and some Patriots players wondered during the game if it was a smart decision to play him.
Edelman has dealt with some significant injuries in the past, and he takes a beating over the middle of the field on a weekly basis. He has 92 catches for 1,019 yards on the season and has essentially been the lone bright spot in New England’s struggling offense.
The Patriots have an important game upcoming against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night, and they could clinch the AFC East title with a win. They are still fighting for home field advantage in the playoffs, but they need to be smart with Edelman. Without him in the postseason, it would be difficult to envision the Patriots scoring enough points to win against quality opponents.
The New England Patriots have seemingly been criticized more than any 10-2 team in NFL history, and you know they are going to take every bit of that criticism and try to use it to their advantage down the stretch. If you want proof of that, look no further than the hype video Julian Edelman released prior to Sunday’s game.
Edelman shared a compilation video on social media that showed several analysts talking about what a mess the Patriots’ offense is. The video also included Tom Brady’s famous quote from last year’s playoffs, when he said “everyone thinks we suck” after New England advanced to the AFC Championship Game.
— Julian Edelman (@Edelman11) December 8, 2019
The talk surrounding the 2019 Patriots is quite familiar, even if it is valid. Their offense has not been good, but their defense is elite and has carried them to 10 wins in 12 games. If Brady and his receivers can somehow get on the same page, New England would become even more dangerous.
Pundits and talk show hosts have prematurely written the Patriots off in the past, and Brady has made it no secret that he uses all that talk as motivation. Whether their analysis this year has been accurate or not, it’s no surprise the Pats are using the naysayers as fuel once again.
Antonio Brown issued yet another lengthy statement on social media Friday essentially begging NFL teams to give him another shot, and several New England Patriots players rushed to show support for him once again.
In his latest Instagram post, Brown acknowledged some of his past mistakes and called his behavior “inexcusable.” He also said he regrets the way he handled himself after “false information and allegations” came out.
“I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke,” Brown wrote. “I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.”
As has often been the case when Brown posts on social media this season, a number of prominent Patriots players “liked” the post. Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, James White and Stephon Gilmore were among them.
Tom Brady and several other prominent Patriots players once again showed support for Antonio Brown’s latest Instagram apology (via IG: jayward09) pic.twitter.com/GIS1vXSpQi
— Steve DelVecchio (@SteveDelSports) December 6, 2019
Brown’s latest apology was more general than the one he issued a few weeks ago, which was directed at the Patriots. Several players “liked” that post as well, and there have been reports that players and coaches in New England would welcome the star receiver back.
Brown had ripped Robert Kraft in a since-deleted tweet when the team released him back in September, and he recently reposted something from a fan that included criticism of the Patriots owner. He also showed love to Tom Brady with a post, and the Patriots could certainly use him with their offense struggling.
In all likelihood, Brown is going to have to wait until the offseason to sign with a team. The NFL still has not announced whether or not he will be suspended, but he probably will be at some point.
Julian Edelman played quarterback in college and showed once again that he still maintains his strong passing skills.
Edelman threw a go-ahead touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday’s New England Patriots-Philadelphia Eagles game to make it 15-10. On a 3rd-and-11 play in the red zone, he took a backwards pass from Tom Brady and fired a perfect strike in the end zone to Phillip Dorsett.
Julian Edelman does just about everything for the Pats pic.twitter.com/jK6PnaMlsm
— NFLonCBS (@NFLonCBS) November 17, 2019
Edelman began throwing passes in the Patriots’ offense in the playoffs in 2014 and threw a touchdown pass against the Ravens that postseason. He attempted another in the 2016 postseason and missed. Last year, Edelman went 2-for-2 on passes in the regular season. He’s now 4-for-4 on passes since last season. And yes, he has a perfect passer rating in the regular season. What’s up, Tom?
Rob Gronkowski made his broadcasting debut for the NFL on FOX ahead of the Thursday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants, and he did not disappoint.
Gronk spoke about his former teammate Julian Edelman and explained why the receiver is nicknamed “squirrel.” Gronk got intense as he talked, like he was cutting a wrestling promo.
Well said Gronk. Absolutley perfect debut pic.twitter.com/QUoaGHXBTj
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) October 11, 2019
“He’s furry. He’s cute. He’s elusive. He’s feisty. And most importantly, whenever he gets a chance, he gets that nut!” Gronk said.
The energy and phrasing by Gronk is exactly what FOX signed up for. Of course, get that nut could have multiple meanings beyond just going after a football, which is probably where Gronk’s mind was.
Gronk and Edelman were teammates on the Patriots for nine seasons