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Julian Edelman

New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #11
New England Patriots
Wide Receiver #11
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Julian Edelman News

Ends playing career

Edelman (knee) has announced his retirement from football, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Edelman noted in a statement Monday that "due to an injury last year," he'd be ending his playing career. The 34-year-old thus concludes a productive NFL run that began in 2009, when the Patriots selected him out of Kent State (where Edelman played QB) in the seventh round. The three-time Super Bowl champion finishes up his career with 620 catches for 6,822 yards and 36 TDs in 137 regular-season NFL games, all with New England.

Apr 12, 2021 2:57 PM EST


Era with Patriots comes to an end

The Patriots are releasing Edelman (knee) with a failed physical designation, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Edelman's time in New England is up after 12 seasons. The Super Bowl LIII MVP and three-time 1,000-yard receiver's recent failed physical represents his most recent misfortune in recovery from a chronic knee issue, which limited him to just six games in 2020. Recently, serious doubt has surfaced as to whether Edelman will be healthy enough to suit up for the start of the 2021 campaign. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Edelman's release is believed to be a prelude to a forthcoming announcement about his future in the NFL.

Apr 12, 2021 1:30 PM EST



Plans to play this season

Edelman plans to "to try and gut out another season with (his) chronically troubled knee" according to Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald.

Analysis: While it appears as though Edelman, who turns 35 next month, will give it a go this coming season, it remains to be seen how the Patriots plan to proceed with him after signing Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in free agency. When healthy enough to suit up, Edelman has the savvy to get open and rack up catches, but Guregian relays concerns regarding the veteran pass-catcher's ability to make it through the entire season without his knee issues flaring up. Look for further context clues regarding Edelman's future with the Patriots to surface no later than the NFL Draft, which runs April 29 through May 1.

Apr 8, 2021 8:40 AM EST


Wants to play, health permitting

Edelman (knee) wants to continue his career but is 'still trying to see if he is healthy enough to be out there for the 2021 season,' Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Rapoport said that Edelman is progressing in his rehab process and wants to play in 2021, but that 'no decision has been made yet' about whether or not his knee injury will allow him to suit up. Edelman only played six games in 2020 before landing on IR, and though he was designated for return mid-December, he never progressed enough in his recovery to make his way back to the active roster. The Patriots also have a potential out from Edelman's contract this offseason, as cutting him would only result in a $2.7 million dead cap hit. Next season will mark Edelman's age-35 campaign.

Feb 26, 2021 12:02 PM EST


Not returning for Week 17

Edelman (knee) won't be activated from injured reserve for Sunday's season finale against the Jets, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Analysis: The 34-year-old was designated to return from injured reserve in mid-December, but he never progressed enough to warrant being activated. Edelman finishes the 2020 campaign with 21 catches for 315 yards and zero touchdowns with two carries for 22 yards in six games.

Jan 1, 2021 6:20 AM EST



Not playing Monday

The Patriots have not activated Edelman (knee) from IR ahead of Monday night's game against the Bills, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Patriots had until Monday's 4 PM EST deadline to activate Edelman, but the 34-year-old veteran ultimately won't be available Monday. Rapoport describes Edelman's chances of returning Week 17 as "unlikely," noting that his future with the Patriots could also be up in the air. Of course, given that the Patriots are already eliminated from playoff contention, the team has no real incentive to rush Edelman back to the field.

Dec 28, 2020 1:06 PM EST


Not seen at practice

Edelman (knee) wasn't spotted at practice Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Per Reiss, that would appear "to lessen the chances" that Edelman, who resumed practicing last week, will play Monday night against the Bills. Though we'd expect that Edelman is eager to return to game action, the Patriots have no incentive to rush the veteran receiver back, with the team eliminated from playoff contention.

Dec 24, 2020 8:49 AM EST


Not set to return yet

Edelman (knee) will not be activated ahead of Sunday's contest against the Dolphins, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: Edelman returned to practice earlier this week kicking off a 21-day window in which the veteran receiver can practice without counting against the active roster. With the Patriots barely clinging onto their playoff hopes, it remains to be seen whether the team will choose to activate the longtime stalwart or simply let the 34-year-old get completely healthy after also spending a multi-week stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this season.

Dec 19, 2020 9:16 AM EST


Returns to practice

The Patriots designated Edelman (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: The transaction kicks off a 21-day window wherein Edelman can be evaluated at practice without counting against the active roster. He can be activated at any time, so it's possible that the veteran slot man could be available for Sunday's divisional contest against the Dolphins. Edelman hasn't suited up for regular-season action since Week 7.

Dec 16, 2020 11:53 AM EST


Still on IR

Edelman (illness/knee) has been removed from the reserve COVID-19 list, but remains on IR, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This past Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter noted that Edelman was "still a couple of weeks" away from returning to the field. With that in mind, the receiver still has his sights set on playing again down the stretch, but such an outcome is not imminent.

Dec 10, 2020 2:24 PM EST


Not yet ready to return

Though Edelman (knee/illness) still plans to play again this season, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests via a source that the receiver is "still a couple of weeks" away from returning to action.

Analysis: In that scenario, Edelman -- who hasn't played since Week 7 -- could potentially be back for the Patriots' regular-season stretch run, which would be a big boost to the 5-6 team's offense. In his continued absence, New England's wide receiver corps will be headed by Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd and N'Keal Harry, with Donte Moncrief also on hand.

Dec 6, 2020 8:02 AM EST


Lands on COVID list

The Patriots placed Edelman (knee) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Edelman was already on injured reserve after undergoing a procedure late October to address a bone-on-bone issue in his knee, so he'll now have an additional layer of requisite medical clearances to progress through before being able to return. He has yet to resume practicing. Coach Bill Belichick said earlier Monday that Edelman "has made a lot of progress in the last couple of weeks" and said his recovery is being handled "day-by-day," per Ryan Hannable of WEEI 93.7, but those comments may not reflect the veteran receiver's current situation now that he's been placed on the COVID list.

Nov 30, 2020 1:55 PM EST


Not practicing to begin week

Edelman (knee) won't be designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, making him ineligible to participate in the Patriots' first practice of Week 12, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports. "Julian's definitely headed in the right direction. I spoke with him and he's feeling better every day, [and getting] confident, stronger," head coach Bill Belichick told Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald. "We'll just take it day by day. When he's ready to go, we'll put him out there, but we don't want to rush it."

Analysis: Edelman is still recuperating from the procedure he required in late October to address a bone-on-bone issue in his knee, and though he hasn't hit any reported snags in the rehab process, he's apparently not ready to get back on the field. Given that he's already missed four games, Edelman likely will need a full week of practice before the Patriots feel comfortable clearing him to play, so he presumably won't be option for Sunday's contest versus the Cardinals. Look for Jakobi Meyers to continue playing most of the snaps at slot receiver until Edelman is activated from IR.

Nov 25, 2020 8:15 AM EST


Not practicing yet

Edelman (knee) hasn't returned to practice yet, Jim McBride of The Boston Globe reports.

Analysis: There was thought to be a chance that Edelman, who's missed three games after undergoing a knee procedure in late October, might practice Wednesday, but that's on hold for now. He'll have two more chances to hit the field before Sunday's game against the Texans, but the fact that Edelman wasn't present for Wednesday's session doesn't bode especially well for a potential Week 11 return to action.

Nov 18, 2020 10:56 AM EST


Might practice Wednesday

Head coach Bill Belichick said that Edelman (knee) will warm up ahead of Wednesday's practice before the Patriots determine whether he's fit to participate in the session, Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Analysis: Since Edelman has already missed three games after undergoing what was termed as a "precautionary procedure" in late October to address a bone-on-bone issue with his knee, he'll first be eligible to return to practice this week. While recent reports have suggested that Edelman has progressed well from his rehab, the Patriots are still apparently weighing whether to designate him to return from injured reserve. If the Patriots do decide to designate him, it would open up a 21-day window for the team to evaluate Edelman in practice, leaving the door open for the wideout to return to action as soon as Sunday's game in Houston.

Nov 18, 2020 8:04 AM EST


Making progress

Teammate Cam Newton said Monday Edelman (knee) is "getting better," Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

Analysis: Edelman has missed New England's last three games on IR after undergoing surgery to address a bone-on-bone issue in his knee. The 34-year-old veteran is technically eligible to retake the field as soon as Week 11 against the Texans, though the Patriots haven't yet provided a timetable for his recovery. For Edelman to have any shot at making his return versus Houston, the Patriots would first have to designate him for a return from injured reserve, which would allow the team a 21-day window to monitor him at practice.

Nov 16, 2020 7:41 AM EST


Moving around well in rehab

Sources close to Edelman (knee) have been optimistic with how the receiver has responded to recent on-field work since he underwent a precautionary knee procedure Oct. 29, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Edelman is reportedly moving around well on the field, but it's unclear if that will be enough for the Patriots to clear him to practice during the upcoming week. If Edelman does take part in practice next week, he would have a shot at rejoining the roster ahead of a Nov. 22 matchup with the Texans, but his activation shouldn't be considered a guarantee. Whenever Edelman is designated to return from injured reserve, the Patriots would have 21 days to either add him back to the roster or keep him on IR for the rest of the season.

Nov 15, 2020 5:45 AM EST


Bone-on-bone issue in knee

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Edelman's knee injury is a bone-on-bone issue.

Analysis: The Patriots placed Edelman on IR on Saturday, meaning that he'll miss at least three games. With that in mind, coach Bill Belichick has said that he expects the veteran pass catcher back this season, but there's no timetable on that front and per Rapoport's sources, a return on Edelman's part can't be considered a lock.

Nov 1, 2020 7:18 AM EST


Moving to IR

Edelman (knee) is expected to be placed on injured reserve later Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Coach Bill Belichick suggested Edelman "will be back this season" which certainly seems to indicate a longer stay on injured reserve than the minimal three weeks, but the Patriots have also been coy regarding the details surrounding Edelman's recent precautionary knee procedure. With N'Keal Harry also out this Sunday with a concussion, the team will have to get by with the likes of Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski as the top three options at wideout .

Oct 31, 2020 10:36 AM EST


In line to miss time

Edelman underwent what Adam Schefter of ESPN refers to as "a precautionary standard knee procedure" Thursday morning.

Analysis: Edelman is thus expected to miss "some period of time," according to the report and that includes Sunday's game against the Bills, per both Schefter and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. With N'Keal Harry iffy this week due to a concussion, Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers and Gunner Olszewski are currently the Patriots' healthiest wide receiver options.

Oct 29, 2020 10:21 AM EST


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