After breaking his foot in December, the Boston Globe reported that New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman is back in a walking boot, as he has once again undergone surgery on his injured foot. Being placed on injured reserve for the last few weeks of the regular season and the entire postseason seemingly wasn’t enough for Edelman as he’s set to miss out on even more after undergoing a “clean-up procedure.”
Reports say that the receiver and punt returner will not be able to participate in Organized Team Activities (OTAs) that the Patriots will be holding over the next four weeks which is a huge blow to the hopes of a come back for the 26-year old.
There is good news on the horizon, however. Sources close to the team say that the Patriots are optimistic Edelman will return to the team’s offseason activities in July, just in time for mini camp from the 11th-13th. Although this of course does not guarantee a return for him in the upcoming season, it does give great hope to see the receiver return with so long left until the opening game on September 8th against the Buffalo Bills.
Since being drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft, Edelman has managed to worm his way deep into the heart of the Patriots roster and become an absolute necessity to the team, particularly on special teams. Returning for over 1,500 yards and three touchdowns over the past four seasons, Edelman has shown that he is one of the top NFL special teams returners.
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