Patriots’ Wide Receiver Julian Edelman was carted off the field of their third pre-season game with an apparent injury to his leg in the first quarter of the game.
Edelman is a leading Patriots receiver, famed for his reliability – leading The Patriots in receptions in 2015 and the 2016 Super Bowl winning campaign – and coming down with an incredible catch in that game, that kept The Patriots hopes alive as they mounted the greatest comeback in Superbowl history.
It was a non-contact injury, which can often imply an issue with the ACL or MCL in a player’s leg, as Adam Schefter tweeted. An ACL or MCL tear would cost Edelman the season which looked to feature the best Patriots receiving corp since their 2007 undefeated campaign.
Thoughts and prayers are with Edelman from fans as well as fellow NFL players, including Patriots alum LeGarrette Blount.
There might be some good news, as Boston Herald Reporter Jeff Howe stated Edelman walked out of the stadium on his own power, carrying crutches – which implies the injury may not be as severe as initially thought.
Despite the injury The Patriots went on to win in thrilling fashion, with a last second field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. Tom Brady threw for 2 touchdowns, an interception, and 174 yards.
More on this story as it develops.