Patriots Wide Receiver Julian Edelman (pictured above) is out this Sunday's game versus the Buffalo Bills as Edelman underwent a precautionary standard knee procedure this morning according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This procedure is expected to sideline Edelman for "some period of time". Sounds like we won't be seeing Edelman in the offense for at least the next three weeks, and that is being hopeful.
As bad as the Patriots have been over the last three week, this may explain why Edelman hasn't been targeted as much or even on the field while the offense in out on the field. Also explains his absence from practice on Thursday as the Patriots prepare for an AFCEast showdown with the first place Bills.
As if insult couldn't be added enough to injury as Wide Receiver N'Keal Harry is still in the NFL's concussion protocol as his status for Sunday is up in the air. for Sunday's game. Things are not going in the way for the Patriots in 202, on or off the field.
According to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com the only healthy receivers on the roster is: Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, Gunner Olszewski and Matthew Slater. Want everyone to remember that Slater is only a special teamer. He is only on the field in emergency situations and kneel downs. On the practice squad the Patriots have rookies Isaiah Zuber, Mason Kinsey and Kristian Wilkerson, and all three are listed as receivers. Expect to see Cam Newton to be throwing to these guys for not only Sunday's game against Buffalo, but also for the next few weeks. The next three games will determine where the Patriots will be and if we even see Edelman back on the field this season.
The Patriots currently sit at 2-4 and are in third place in the AFC East. They trail the Miami Dolphins by one game for second place in the division. The Patriots are in desperate need of both receiver and tight end help ahead of the November 3rd trade deadline. However, Sunday's outcome could determine whether the Patriots are either buyers or sellers at the deadline. While the next three games will tell a lot about this team and the direction they plan to go in as we are now deep in the post-Tom Brady era.
Only time will tell on what will happen, not only for the injured players and where the season stands. However, it could be extremely possible that Julian Edelman last Sunday might have played his final game in a Patriots uniform last Sunday against the 49ers.
Edelman's contract is set to expire which will make him a free agent.