Sunday, December 9, 2012

Patriots' Edelman On Injured Reserve

The good news for Patriots fans is they are heading to the playoffs for the eighth time in nine seasons, but they'll be going without Julian Edelman.
Edelman was placed on the injured reserve Tuesday, two days after suffering a foot injury against the Dolphins.
The fourth year player was on fire recently, scoring four touchdowns in a two game stretch and is second in the NFL with a 15.5 yard average on punt-returns. This move to the injured reserve leaves Edelman with a shaky future with the Patriots, as he signed a four year contract as a rookie, and this is the final year in that contract. He would be an unrestricted free agent following this season.
Coach Bill Belichick said in a conference call of Edelman, "He's worked hard. Julian is a solid, solid guy. He works hard, very good conditioned athlete. He's versatile and he's done a number of different things for us."
This injury comes at a time when Edelman was starting shine as a Patriot. He had a career high 222 yards of total offense in a 59-24 win over the Colts, scoring two touchdowns. Several days later, during the game against the Jets on Thanksgiving, Edelman added two more touchdowns. However, he got a game-ending concussion, after getting hit hard on an end-around.
Edelman had been in limited practice two weeks ago, and was surprisingly listed as active for last Sunday's game against the Dolphins. He caught one pass for 13 yards and returning two punt for 25 yards before getting hurt again. After the game Edelman was seen in a walking boot and carrying crutches. He was not available for interviews.
Drafted in 2009 in the seventh round from Kent State, where he was a quarterback, Edelman has been a jack of all trades for the Patriots. His best season, based on statistics, was his rookie season, when he caught 37 passes for 359 yards and one touchdown. This season he had 21 catches for 235 yards and three touchdowns. He's been in the running game, a defensive back, and a punt returner.
"Julian's had an opportunity to contribute offensively and in the kicking game in the games he's been able to play in," Belichick said.
With Edelman out for the season, Donte Stallworth was signed. Stallworth, a nine year veteran, was cut by the team in training camp.
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